Decoding Dyslexia IDA 2013 Conference Presentation

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The Decoding Dyslexia national parent-led grassroots movement was invited to present on parent advocacy at the 2013 International Dyslexia Association conference in New Orleans. The topic? Parent Advocacy in the Digital Age: The Decoding Dyslexia Parent Movement

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  • I have written the book, DYSLEXIA: A TEACHER'S JOURNEY, Memoir. The book gives information about dyslexia, including some teaching techniques. It is written in a humorous, easy to understand fashion. I am offering a discount to Decoding Dyslexia members. Contact me through my website, www.ruthlature.com for the code. Can also order through www.amazon.com. I will also be signing at the IDA Conference in San Diego, CA, in November.
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  • I have written a book called Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities. It is published by Pacific Educational Press and also available on Amazon. It is written for parents, teachers and the general public and contains many suggestions for action.
    Linda Siegel linda.siegel@ubc.ca
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  • Amazingly done - thank you!!
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  • Hi Folks...We're just getting started here in Tennessee. Awesome work on these slides and congrats on the Slideshare bump! Thank you1
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Decoding Dyslexia IDA 2013 Conference Presentation

  1. 1. DECODING DYSLEXIA PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
  2. 2. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Today’s parent advocates are a new, hybrid breed • Part passion • Part information They know their stuff and how to use it They combine knowledge with passion to create CHANGE for their kids with Dyslexia
  3. 3. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • What sets these modern advocates apart from those that laid the foundation for dyslexic children? • DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY • While school budgets wane and resources are cut, access to technology is now universal • Parents can log on and get equipped and encouraged
  4. 4. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
  5. 5. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • What online resources do parents use to stay informed and expand their advocacy? • How can parents use social media to take advocacy out of 504/IEP meetings? • How can parents use social media and other digital technology to connect and effectively spread advocacy efforts across state lines?
  6. 6. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • While parent advocacy has long been an important part of helping dyslexic children learn and succeed, in today’s digital age, the modern parent advocate is a whole new animal. • Universally available technology has given parents full access to a plethora of educational materials online. • They are able to quickly and easily read up, learn about and understand both the needs of their dyslexic students and how they can help them.
  7. 7. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • From learning about how to use the IDEA and 504 processes to accessing chat rooms, blogs and online support forums • parents can log on and tune in to get education, help and support from the comfort of their own living room
  8. 8. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
  9. 9. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE The result? Today’s parent advocate: • is an informed • passionate • digitally literate delegate • going to bat for what they know is both available and acceptable for their dyslexic kids and others like them
  10. 10. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE TODAY’s parent advocates: • Can easily focus both on how to become strong, informed advocates • While also being able to access valuable information about their children’s disabilities to help them articulate more clearly how their needs should be met
  11. 11. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • Parents and other advocates can create measurable results when they take the time to learn and seek solid support in their advocacy efforts • Together, parents and other advocates are helping dyslexic kids meet their educational and personal goals like never before.
  12. 12. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE • HOW are parent advocates using digital technology to study up and develop advocacy skills? • How are parents using social media and other technology to bolster advocacy efforts? The Decoding Dyslexia grassroots parent movement is an excellent case study of both
  13. 13. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Decoding Dyslexia illustrates how informed, dedicated advocates can: • Use digital tech and tools to connect with parents across the country concerned about the needs of dyslexic students • Use digital tech and tools to connect parents with resources and support • Use social media and digital marketing to increase awareness about dyslexia • Use digital tech and tools as vehicles to influence legislation on a state by state basis
  14. 14. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE What is Decoding Dyslexia?
  15. 15. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE How did Decoding Dyslexia begin?
  16. 16. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Where is Decoding Dyslexia?
  17. 17. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Decoding Dyslexia is now in 40 states including Alaska
  18. 18. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE How does Decoding Dyslexia use Social Media and Digital Tech to connect parents with each other and to resources?
  19. 19. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Decoding Dyslexia chapters have a combined total Facebook followers of 13,844 people We have a combined total Twitter followers of 6,299 Our total combined Facebook and Twitter followers is 20,143
  20. 20. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Who’s talking about the Decoding Dyslexia Movement?
  21. 21. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE What online resources does Decoding Dyslexia point parents to for help and support?
  22. 22. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE How is Decoding Dyslexia using digital tools and social media to increase awareness about Dyslexia?
  23. 23. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE What traditional methods is Decoding Dyslexia using to raise Dyslexia awareness and create change as part of its Grassroots Parents Movement?
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  25. 25. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE WANT TO LEARN MORE? Visit www.DecodingDyslexia.net Want to start a Decoding Dyslexia movement in YOUR State? Download our How To Guide
  26. 26. PARENT ADVOCACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Thank you for your interest and support as we advocate for change for ALL dyslexic children in our country! The Decoding Dyslexia National Network IDA Conference 2013 Parent Team

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