Decoding Dyslexia Georgia, a parent-led grass roots movement, hosted Dyslexia Day at the Capitol on February 2. Over 125 parents, students and educators gathered to raise awareness for dyslexia and advocate for policy changes, such as early screening, access to appropriate assistive technology, mandatory remediation programs and specialized teacher training. Volunteers spoke with legislators, sharing their stories about the struggles of navigating the public school system while having a student with dyslexia. In addition to meeting with legislators, attendees could observe the active legislative session to show support of the Senate Resolution 743, sponsored by Senator Hunter Hill. Representative Rich Golick sponsored House Resolution 1235. Both resolutions support dyslexia awareness. Ultimately, Dyslexia Day at the Capitol was a success due to the passion and dedication of our 45 community partners, families, volunteers and educators. We hope to see you there next year!
AlpharettaMoms.Org was a sponsor of this event and will continue to advocate for dyslexia. I have one son diagnosed with dyslexia who attends the Schenck School for dyslexia. I feel that early screening is important to help diagnose children as young as possible so they can get the remediation they need to reach their full potential. Teacher training is crucial also to helping students who struggle to read and spell. If you have any questions or want to learn more please visit www.decodingdyslexiaga.com.
*Tina McGinley and Colleen Beguiristain are the Founders of Decoding Dyslexia GA. First paragraph above written by Tina McGinley.
**1st pic – Dyslexia Day at the Capital; 2nd pic Me with Brooks Coleman Jr. Georgia House of Representatives Chairman of Board of Education; 3rd pic Community Partners for Dyslexia Day at the Capital