Dyslexia Advocacy Action Group (formerly: Dyslexia on Long Island, NY) We are in the throes of becoming a 501c3 organization; so that we can help more children and adults with dyslexia. Find out more about us and our mission!
Contact Us to Bring a Presentation to Your School District Administrators
In many cases school administrators do not fully understand the implications of dyslexia for students. It is worthwhile organizing an initial meeting to talk about dyslexia, how it effects individual students, our community and why it is important to address the issue early on and identify students before they start to loose their self esteem.
A School Presentation includes information on: The Issues:
What is dyslexia and how it affects students, symptoms and the emotional impact of illiteracy.
History of whole word v's phonics, the politics and socio-economic dynamics that make it difficult for regular students to learn how to read in most of our public schools.
Science-based educational approaches that enable to students to decode and encode (read and spell).
The impact of illiteracy on individual students, their families and their school education.
The cost of failure to teach reading for communities and the country as a whole.
Assist in the coordination of structured literacy teacher training programs.
Coordinate school psychologist training to identify dyslexia early.
Advocate for structured literacy programs for regular students in an effort to raise standards of reading throughout the school district.
Improve reading levels at school districts (average reading level for American adults is currently 5th grade, National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2016).
3 out of 4 people on welfare cannot read (National Association of Adult Literacy, 2016).
70-85% of people in prison cannot read to a basic standard or are completely illiterate (NAAL, 2016).
85% of students that are listed as "LD" (learning disabled) are in fact suffering from untreated dyslexia;
the remaining 15% make progress with approaches and programs used for dyslexia (Yale,2018).
Make a World of Difference
Present at Your School Board of Education Committee Meeting: Contact Us for a Presentation Packet
What is Dyslexia ?
New York State Education Law Fails to Define Dyslexia The Definition Within NYS Law is Misleading and Counterproductive.
School Psychologist Training!! (June, 2018) Thank you to everyone who supported the Peconic Teacher Center in Southampton to hold this important training event; 18 local school psychologists were trained how to identify dyslexia in children as young as six years old. They now understand how to identify the 20% of students who have dyslexia and how critical it is to get them the support they need before second grade! They were trained in a battery of tests which included the Feifer Assessment of Reading. Feifer addresses four specific subtypes of dyslexia (which really expedites remediation).
Educational Training!! (August, 2017) Thank you Peconic Teacher Center (Southampton) for holding Orton Gillingham Training in 2017. Three School Districts across Long Island have also trained teachers in multi-sensory approaches....or hired tutors for students who were not receiving services! That makes a total of 28 teachers trained so far!
Education Law and Policy - Lobbying at New York State and National Level
The current definition of dyslexia in Education Law is incorrect, misleading and counterproductive (it is listed under head-injury!). Support Assemblyman Fred Thiele's bill to define dyslexia Bill # A07639.