ACTION ALERT - March 5th 2020 - Please contact your MN Senator and MN House of Representative:

Contact your legislators and ask for their support on SF3187 / HF3589 Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) grant and funding bill. 

  1. Send a written letter to your legislators.  In the letter, you will share your story and ask for their support for the bill that supports struggling readers. Use the written story template to help you prepare your story
  2. Make an appointment to meet your legislators with-in your district at a local coffee shop.  This is more informal and intimidating. Use the written story template to help you prepare your story. Print and bring with you to leave.  When you meet with your legislator, also print this document to use as talking points and leave with them.  

Find your MN Senator and MN House of Representative here.

Here is general information about the legislative process and communicating with legislators.

 

How to reach out to your school (Principals, Special Education Director, School Board members):

  1. Continue to advocate for your children, talk to your schools about dyslexia and give them a copy of the paper produced by MDE called Navigating the School System when a child is struggling with Reading or Dyslexia. (Note that some statutes have been revised since publication.)
  2. Provide the statement released in October 2015 by Michael Yudin from the U.S. Department of Education clarifying that there is nothing in IDEA that prohibits the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in the IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, and the IEP documents.
  3. Provide the statement released in November 2015 by Michael Yudin from the U.S. Department of Education stating that children with disabilities must be held to high expectations and meaningful access to a State's academic content standards.  The IEP must align with the content standards for the grade that the child is enrolled.

What Else Can I do?

  1. Like us on Facebook and join our discussions.
  2. Share this website with your family, friends, and school.
  3. Talk to your local library about doing a display of dyslexia books during October's Dyslexia Awareness Month (see books ideas under the Resource section).
  4. Make a donation to support our activities. 
  5. Get involved at a local level:
    • Contact us to see if your district has a Facebook dyslexia community page 
    • Get involved in your local PTA.
    • Go to your school board meeting.  Template letter.   Template speech.
    • Join a variety of district committees, talk to other parents at local events, and discuss dyslexia with educators.
  6. Get educated about Dyslexia - See Resource page.
  7. If you shop at Amazon, use Amazon Smile and make sure to select Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota. 0.5% of your purchase goes to us!