Our Goals

Decoding Dyslexia – NJ is a grassroots movement driven by NJ families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in NJ public schools.

We advocate for:

  • Expanded and improved access to early screening tests for dyslexia
  • Mandatory dyslexia remediation programs, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
  • Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia

Goals we have achieved to date:

  • A universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3)
  • Mandatory teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies (N.J.S. 18A:6-131)
  • Mandatory early screening tests for dyslexia (N.J.S. 18A:40-5.1, et seq.)
  • Spreading awareness and offering families a variety of opportunities to connect, share experiences, and gain insights and resources:
    • A Facebook Page reaching over 8,000 followers
    • Parent/educator workshops and events
    • Community roundtable discussions
    • Parent networking sessions after our monthly business meetings

DD-NJ Advocacy in Action! 


DD-NJ with Timothy Lynagh, Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director for Rep Christopher Smith (NJ)


DD-NJ with former US Representative Rush Holt (NJ)


DD-NJ with Brendan Hennessey, Legislative Assistant for Representative Frank Pallone (NJ)
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TOMORROW 12/1 -- LIVE Broadcast on December 1st at 3:00 pm for the historic launch of the bipartisan NJ Legislative Disabilities Caucus. Caucus Chair Senate President Stephen Sweeney, other legislators, and advocates from the disability community will speak in a livestreamed press conference. The purpose of the Legislative Disability Caucus is to serve as a bipartisan forum within the New Jersey Legislature for lawmakers and their staff to consider the impact on the disability community when shaping ALL public policies in the Garden State.

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Does your district's reading program include the necessary components of what makes for "good instruction" for ALL learners? The K-3 Core Instruction Analysis Tool, part of the new PD resources (see posts below), provides a framework to analyze the research-based
components of core instruction. Does your district's program contain all the necessary pieces?
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Educators and Parents! Make sure your district knows about the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education's new webinar series on The NJ Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Early Literacy Development. The webinars will guide educators and families through the process of identifying dyslexia and reading disabilities, and highlights best practices for screening, assessing, and instructing students with reading challenges. Click for the memo:
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