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Connecticut Families Join Together to Help Students Struggling With Dyslexia. Decoding Dyslexia-CT First of Its Kind in State

Decoding Dyslexia - CT a grassroots movement driven by CT families concerned with the limited identification and access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our Connecticut public schools.

Parents from across Connecticut whose children struggle with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties have come together to form Decoding Dyslexia - CT (DDCT), a grassroots movement dedicated to building awareness about dyslexia and promoting public policy changes to ensure proper identification, educational interventions and support are made available to affected students in Connecticut schools.

Originally started by families in New Jersey, Decoding Dyslexia now has chapters in 19 states. Decoding Dyslexia-CT is a part of this remarkable wave of parent-driven advocacy. The group’s efforts are sparking awareness nationwide for the need to identify dyslexia as early as possible, teacher training and implementation of evidence-based remediation programs for students with dyslexia in our public schools

According to the National Institute of Health, dyslexia affects at least one out of every five children in the US.  Dyslexia is not the only cause for reading problems but it is the most common.

The Baltimore, MD based Annie E. Casey Foundation, a 65 year old national foundation dedicated to supporting disadvantaged youth, reports that 68 percent of all US fourth graders scored "below proficient," on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test in 2011.  This means they are not reading at grade level.

Allison Quirion, Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia – CT said, "We are building a network of families in Connecticut to show the public and policy makers how many children are affected by dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.  The group is rapidly adding members and gaining support from professionals within the State.  Plans are underway to connect with other dyslexia groups and centers in Connecticut to join forces and become one large voice throughout the State.  It will take a public outcry from families and the community to get dyslexia legislation passed.”

For more information about Decoding Dyslexia-CT, visit their website, www.DecodingDyslexiaCT.org, find them on Face Book (type in “Decoding Dyslexia-CT” in the search box), or email: DDConnecticut@yahoo.com. 

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Gail Melluzzo March 09, 2013 at 03:16 PM
This is wonderful news because it should be diagnosed early--not when a child is in high school.
Decoding Dyslexia - CT March 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Thank you Gail for your support! We are the best advocates for our children and we need to ban together to make a difference. Allison - DD-CT.

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