How You Can Help

Decoding Dyslexia Iowa is a grassroots movement and a volunteer organization.  We make progress because of YOUR efforts!

Here are some ways you can help:

Like our Facebook page and join our discussions.

Share this web site with your friends, family, and school.

Talk to your school about recognizing October as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Talk to your public library about doing a display of dyslexia books during October, or any month.

Post dyslexia awareness fliers on community bulletin boards. Contact us and we will send you printable fliers.

Contact your district's Superintendent and/or Curriculum Director about using systematic, multi-sensory reading programs that are effective for students with dyslexia.

Attend your district's School Board meetings and share concerns about dyslexia identification and remediation. This speech written by the Dyslexia Training Institute can be adapted for your district.  This speech was written by an Iowa parent.

Talk about dyslexia in your community.  Hold a meeting at your public library. Volunteer to speak at service organization meetings such as Rotary and Kiwanis. Contact us if your group is looking for a dyslexia speaker.

Start a dyslexia support group in your community.

Contact your Iowa Senator and Representative and share your concerns about dyslexia.  Ask them to support future dyslexia legislation.  You can find your state legislators here.

Contact your United States Senator and Representative and share your concerns about dyslexia.

Learn all you can about dyslexia so you can be a resource for others.

Make a donation to support our activities.

Contact us if you would like to volunteer to work on specific projects.

Advocacy

If possible, find at least two other parents and/or educators to join you in your efforts, especially for any face-to-face meetings.  We've learned that one or two people are more easily dismissed, while three or more bring credibility.

Making a phone call, writing a letter, having a conversation - these actions may not seem like much.  But change is a ripple, and sometimes it takes just one small stone.  Small steps make a huge difference, if we do them together!