Support NJ Students with Dyslexia

ACTION ALERTS for NJ Families: Visit our NJ Legislation page for pressing action alerts where you can participate and make a difference. It only takes a few minutes to make a phone call or send an email. Click here for our latest action alert today!

WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT THIS MINUTE?

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

  • Join the NJ Branch of The International Dyslexia Association.
  • Get involved at your local level:
    • Inquire about your school district’s state mandated “Special Education Parent Advisory Group” and join. If they don’t have one yet, start your own. Technical assistance is available for free through the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network’s START Project.
    • Get involved in your local PTA and help plan literacy events and/or fundraisers.
    • Go to school board meetings and consider becoming a school board member.
    • Join a variety of district committees, talk to other parents at local events, and discuss dyslexia with educators. Become a resource for others!
  • Get educated about dyslexia
    • Read literature about dyslexia. Books, such as Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr.
      Sally Shaywitz, have been crucial for many parents in understanding our children’s
      needs. Check out our Resources page for more good books and websites.
    • Check out IDA and NJ IDA websites and literature.
    • Take a parent training course in reading intervention so that you can help your
      child at home.
    • Familiarize yourself with the NJ Administrative Code on Special Education.
    • Take a parent advocacy course through a group such as SPAN to understand your child’s rights.
    • Get second opinions through private testing by a university, learning center, educational consultant, speech pathologist, developmental pediatrician, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or other specialists.
    • Speak to advocates, educators in private practice, and special education attorneys.
    • Attend seminars, get on mailing lists, and network with others from support groups and LD organizations in your area.
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Decoding Dyslexia - NJ
Tell us your story…Parents: when and how did you tell your children about their dyslexia?Students & Adults with dyslexia: when and how did you learn about your dyslexia? How do you talk about it now?We’d love to hear your story, so please share in the comments below or email us at info@decodingdyslexianj.org ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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DD-NJ Virtual Library Workshop Oct 25th @ 6:30-7:30pm“How do you talk about YOUR dyslexia?”Join us as we host a panel conversation with a teen, tween, parent and educator as they reflect on their personal experiences of first learning about dyslexia. Listen to how they helped their child, student or themselves to understand what it means to be dyslexic and how to accept that being dyslexic is a part of you, but it doesn’t have to define you. Jump into the conversation with your questions and own experiences.Hosted by: Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library Register:theoceancountylibrary.org/events?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D155297228 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today, we celebrate our 10th Anniversary! On Oct 18, 2011, a handful of NJ parents decided to form a group so parents could connect with other parents to share experiences and learn from each other. Soon after, we decided on a mission statement and three-part mission action items.Decoding Dyslexia is a grassroots movement driven by families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our public schools. We aim to: 1. Raise dyslexia awareness2. Empower families to support their children3. Inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in all public schoolsOver these 10 years, many parents, children, legislators, and teachers have spoken up and stepped up at the grassroots, state, and federal levels to make a difference. There are now Decoding Dyslexia groups in all 50 states, D.C., the U.S. Military, 6 Canadian provinces, Bermuda, and Tanzania plus numerous organic dyslexia-related social media support groups that were started by others. 47+ states have passed dyslexia legislation, including 3 laws, 2 joint resolutions, and a Dyslexia Handbook in NJ. While there is still much work to be done, we HAVE moved the needle in a big way compared to where we started 10 years ago. Our national and international grassroots efforts have appeared in documentary films, videos, newspapers, online news sources, podcasts, TV news shows, and even TIME magazine! YOU are a part of the Decoding Dyslexia Movement every time you share an interesting article, a poignant or funny meme or simply sharing your story with someone else. Keep up the good work!Below are some photos we took at our recent anniversary celebration with many of our members and supporters (past and current) since our founding. Here's to the next 10 years together!!#saydyslexia #decodingdyslexia ... See MoreSee Less
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Decoding Dyslexia-NJ celebrates 10 years! Our beginnings… In October 2011, eight parents took a train ride to New York City to attend a National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) luncheon. On that trip, we shared our stories, our struggles, our heartbreaks, and our frustrations and anger about trying to help our dyslexic children and getting nowhere within our public schools. No one was from the same NJ town, but we all had similar stories, similar journeys. We were virtually strangers to each other. By the end of the day, we declared that someone should do something to fix the system and to help other parents like us. We decided that collectively, maybe we could be that “someone”. ... See MoreSee Less
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