Eye to Eye National “Lead On” Tour Comes to Texas

Decoding Dyslexia Texas is thrilled that the EYE TO EYE LEAD ON Tour Team is coming to Texas this July!

The national tour, which features Eye to Eye’s Think Different Diplomats, will kick off in Austin at the Thinkery on Sunday, July 13th and head up to Dallas at SMU on Monday, July 14th.  Click on the PDF flyers for more details or scroll down.

Austin Thinkery Flyer PDF

Dallas SMU Flyer PDF

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Eye to Eye is the only nationwide nonprofit that uses art and mentoring to empower young people with LD and ADHD. The tour team—comprised of six college student volunteers—will visit eleven cities in seventeen days. Through presentations and interactive art projects, they’ll empower kids, parents, and educators.

Their message is simple and inspiring: “We know what it feels like to be in your shoes, and we’re proof that you can make it.”

AUSTIN:

When: Sunday, July 13 -­‐ 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Thinkery (1830 Simond Avenue, Austin, TX 78723)  http://thinkeryaustin.org/

Details: Admission: Visitors: $9; Children 0-­‐23 months: FREE; Seniors: $1 off; Military: $2 off per family member

 

DALLAS:

When: Monday, July 14 -­‐ 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southern Methodist University (Umphrey Lee Center, Room 241, 3300 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205)

Details:  Free Admission.  Limited on-­‐campus paid parking

Or free parking @ DART Mockingbird Station and catch the free Mustang Express Shuttle to campus (Route 768), runs every 20 mins

 

 

Texas Dyslexia Law Under Review – Weigh in NOW!

Parents across Texas are gathering in homes, community centers and with special education and dyslexia teachers to review the DRAFT version of the Texas Dyslexia Handbook, which is a direct extension of our longstanding Texas Dyslexia laws.  It’s all in an effort to consolidate questions and concerns leading up to the July 2014 meeting of the State Board of Education where major updates to the state’s model Dyslexia law will be discussed.  And parents are thrilled that our voices are being heard as part of the discussions.

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Thanks to Tincy Miller, longtime State Board of Education representative and avid advocate for students with specific learning disabilities like Dyslexia and related disorders like Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia, parents from the Decoding Dyslexia Texas (DDTX), part of  the Decoding Dyslexia national parent-led grassroots advocacy movement now in 46 states across the country, were invited to become part of the Handbook update process.  A small number of parents were allowed by the Texas Education Agency and the Region 10 Education Service Center, which coordinates the Dyslexia Handbook updates, to attend select Handbook Committee meetings in the Dallas areas and were also invited to insert our concerns into select discussions regarding updates to the law designed to protect our children with learning disabilities.

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Additionally, Decoding Dyslexia Texas parents gave testimony in November 2013 and April 2014 in Austin before the State Board of Education’s Committee on Curriculum and Instruction in an effort to bring additional awareness to the issue of how the Dyslexia laws in Texas are not being implemented consistently or correctly across the state.  DDTX parent volunteer leaders from the Houston, Dallas, Keller and Austin areas attended the meetings and testimony proved that much more needs to be done to assure that dyslexic children are being properly identified and served under both state and federal 504 and IDEA laws in Texas.

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After many months of work, the draft version of the Handbook has been released by the TEA, and it’s time for parents and the public to weigh in and make their voices heard.  What do YOU want our Dyslexia Handbook to include? What concerns do YOU have about how the Dyslexia Handbook is being used by your school to either help or hinder the process of identifying and serving your dyslexic child?

How can we make this vital tool work better for teachers, administrators and PARENTS in Texas?

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) READ IT:  Click on the image above to access and read the DRAFT version of the Texas Dyslexia Handbook or Click HERE to access the DRAFT VERSION – The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2014 (Texas Education Agency)

2) PASS IT ON: Pass on the Handbook DRAFT link to others that you know who care about the topic of Dyslexia.  Post it on your personal Twitter and Facebook or shoot out a quick email.  Ask concerned parents, teachers, thought leaders and experts you know to weigh in with their thoughts and concerns.

Our Texas Dyslexia laws are monitored and MODELED by parents, educators and lawmakers in many other states.   We need our law to be the very best it can be for our kids here in Texas and across the country.  This can happen if we work together and ask others for help!

3) GET TOGETHER:  Set up a simple meeting with parents and teachers in your community to go over the Handbook DRAFT, gather your concerns into one document or email and send it to the TEA and SBOE together.

4) GET IN TOUCH:  Above all, make sure that you contact the Region 10 ESC, the Texas Education Agency and/or the State Board of Education with your concerns.  Tell them what you’d like to see changed, added or deleted from the Handbook.  Do this as soon as possible.

It’s easy to get in touch with our State Dyslexia Consultant.  Just call the Region 10 ESC Texas Dyslexia Hotline at 800-232-3030

5) COME TO AUSTIN: Consider coming to Austin to attend the State Board of Education meetings in July.  You can sign up to testify for 3 minutes and make YOUR voice heard.  Bring your kids.  Make a memory out of it!  Contributing your voice to improve YOUR Dyslexia laws in Texas is more than worth your time and effort.  It’s something we can all work toward together, along with our state leaders who are so dedicated to this cause as well.

6) SAY THANK YOU:  Remember to thank the TEA, Region 10 and the State Board of Education for listening to your concerns as a parent.  They care about Dyslexia and Special Education and it’s vitally important that we thank them for their time and commitment to this topic.