Decoding Dyslexia Iowa began in the summer of 2013 as small group of concerned parents and educators in central Iowa. Since then, our efforts have produced new legislation and policies as well as awareness events and support groups across the state. We began as and continue to be an entirely volunteer organization.
Here is some of our team at the 2015 Fall Decoding Dyslexia Iowa Conference.
Decoding Dyslexia Iowa is a grassroots movement driven by Iowa families and professionals concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and influence policymakers and educators on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in Iowa public schools.
OUR POLICY GOALS
- A universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code.
- Teacher training in higher education for new teachers and continuing education for current teachers on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies.
- Early screening tests for dyslexia.
- Mandatory evidence-based dyslexia remediation programs implemented with fidelity, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations in Iowa schools.
- Access to appropriate assistive technologies and other accommodations in the school setting for students with dyslexia.
- President – Katie Greving
- Vice President – Randy Califf
- Secretary – Julie DeLanoit
- Treasurer – Jill Smith
- Linda Cross
- Amy Dahlke
- Elizabeth Hoksbergen
- Jessica Sirdoreus
- Anna Ver Ploeg
Conference Planner: Helen Blitvich