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Dyslexia Speech for School Board Meetings – Part II

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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.

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Dyslexia Speech for School Board Meeting

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Well, we did it. Tracy and I went to the San Diego Unified School Board meeting and expressed our concern about the lack of instruction and identification of dyslexia. We attempted to educate the board within the three minutes we each had. I would love to report that it was a transformative experience and that they get it, but then I would be lying. While we are unsure of the impact of our statements, we are sure that we helped someone in that room and we exercised our rights as citizens to express concern about the public education system. What we can promise is that we will be back and we may be back every month until they do more than nod their heads.

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The Ten Best Things to Happen to the Dyslexia Community in 2013

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  1.  The Decoding Dyslexia movement grew to 44 states. http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/
  2. Dyslexia Empowerment Plan was published and we all loved it. Ben Foss became the new ‘it’ person for those with dyslexia. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dyslexia-Empowerment-Plan-Confidence/dp/0345541235
  3. TED-Ed allowed Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley  and a talented animator (Marc Christoforidis) to create a short video to promote awareness in a nutshell. It now has over 100,000 views. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafiGBrFkRM
  4. Dislecksia was finally released in theaters and Harvey Hubbell continues to make personal appearances.  http://www.dislecksiathemovie.com/
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