On January 28, 2014, we spoke in front of the San Diego Unified School District in an attempt to inform and educate them about the widespread issue of dyslexia in their schools. Below is Dyslexia Training Institute Co-Founder, Tracy Block-Zaretsky’s speech. You can also find Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley’s speech here. Feel free to adapt the speech to use with your school board.
By Tracy Block-Zaretsky
One of the things I do at DTI is speak to parents who are calling looking for help. By the time they are calling us they are usually pretty frustrated. I hear so many stories, but at their core they are really similar. Our schools are failing our kids with dyslexia. But, we all know that already. What keeps me passionate about what I am doing is listening to the pain and frustration that the parent is experiencing because they are watching their child continue to struggle and their self esteem going down the drain. I know at the core of this story is a kid who is suffering to some degree everyday at school. Being a parent of a child with learning disabilities, I have a lot of empathy for the parents that call us. However, I don’t think any of us can really know what it is like to live in the heads of our kids as they sit in school all day and then come home to do even more of what is so difficult for them. That is what is killing me. I know they are struggling, but I can only image what it is like to live their lives everyday.