Statement of Purpose
Our mission is to stop the school-to-prison pipeline by advocating for underprivileged students and using legal tools to reform underachieving public schools in New York. Furthermore, we organize literacy interventions for disadvantaged children, including children in foster care, incarcerated youths, and adults.
Studies indicate that 80% of youths brought before courts have weak literacy skills (National Assessment of Literacy, 2016). In addition, almost half of the population of incarcerated adults have dyslexia (Moody, 2000), and three out of four people on welfare cannot read (National Assessment of Literacy, 2016).
Literacy is an essential component to fully developing as a member of society. Therefore, children who do not learn to read and write are effectively disenfranchised.
Our programs ensure that children, youths, and young adults who struggle with literacy receive expert evaluations and science-based remediation that meets their specific needs. In addition, we progress monitor to ensure they reach their full potential and achieve reading and writing fluency. These basic skills will allow them to become literate, independent individuals who can successfully function within our society, further their education, and find meaningful careers.
Dyslexia Advocacy Action Group is a 501c3 grassroots movement founded by parents and teachers concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families and teachers to support students by using structured literacy methodologies that are explicit sequential, and science-based.
We ensure meaningful and successful levels of literacy in our students by holding educational institutions accountable.
Furthermore, we inform policy-makers on best practices to identify and remediate students with dyslexia or at risk of dyslexia in care, prisons, and our communities.