Yale Multicultural Dyslexia Initiative Heads to Houston

Dyslexia & the Achievement Gap:
A Civil Rights Issue for Our Time

Hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

MDAI at Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Friday, November 1, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 pm


Drs. Sally & Bennett Shaywitz, Co-directors, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Rev. Dr. Keith L. Magee, Project Director,The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative
Panel discussion, moderated by Jeff Johnson, D.C.-based award-winning journalist, social activist & political commentator.

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Discussion
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Reception

Per Yale’s request, Decoding Dyslexia Texas parents please Contact Us to let the DD-TX team know you are planning to attend.  ALL Texas parents are encouraged to attend and join in the conversation about Dyslexia in Texas!

For more information, visit the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity website

Texas Pre-Teen Advocates at National Dyslexia Caucus

We’re Texas proud.  Our very own Ben Cooper of Austin will be featured as a panelist at the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus event on November 13 in Washington, D.C.  The Congressional Dyslexia Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Julia Brownley and Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Ben Cooper

The event, Dyslexia: A Lifelong Journey, is open to the public and will feature a diverse panel including Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, and Kathy Stratton, founding member of the Decoding Dyslexia national grassroots dyslexia advocacy movement among others.  If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP by clicking on the invitation below.


Ben is 12 years old and attends the private Gow School in New York for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.  Ben was not allowed into advanced programs at his public school that he was qualified for based in large part on the effects of his dyslexia on high stakes tests. When his Texas school district failed to acknowledge his different learning profile, Ben’s parents placed him at a private school that would meet his diverse needs.

Ben is now an avid advocate, aiming to raise awareness about dyslexia and the need for accommodations and assistive technology for dyslexic students across the country. Ben’s mother, Robbi Cooper, is also an avid advocate (like mother like son!) and is an active parent volunteer member of the Decoding Dyslexia Texas team and with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (LD.org).

Learn more about Ben’s story in the recent feature on KUT Austin radio and The Texas Tribune.

Keep up the great work, Ben and other advocates out in the field taking a stand for students and adults with learning differences.