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Dyslexia in December!  

How to Support Students with Dyslexia

Join DDMD for this free event!  Registration is required

DCIDA, Decoding Dyslexia MD, Decoding Dyslexia DC, and The Siena School invite you to attend Next Steps: A Dyslexia Family Networking Forum on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm for the screening of the film, NORMAL ISN'T REAL: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD.

The film features four young adults with Dyslexia/ADHD who share their journey to success in work and school and the strategies they use to manage their challenges. This event is intended for parents, children, teachers, and interventionists.

The screening at The Siena School will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts: Nicole Joseph, Esq., disability rights attorney; Lindsey Dogali, Ph.D., psychologist and diagnostician; Kelly O'Keefe, parent advocate and DDMD Montgomery County Leader; and Laurie Moloney, CALT, academic language therapist.

Follow DDMD on Facebook for news, information, and resources related to dyslexia, reading, and advocacy.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
9:30 AM – 1 PM

65% of Maryland 4th graders and 64% of Maryland 8th graders are NOT proficient in reading. Through a moderated expert panel discussion, an education advocate, a neuropsychologist, and a speech language pathologist will equip parents and educators with information to actively help a child who struggles to read.

Panelists include:
Andrea Bennett, M.Ed. - The Special Kids Company
Vincent Culotta, Ph.D., ABN - NeuroBehavioral Associates
Elizabeth Robinette, MA, CCC/SLP - E.R. Speech

RSVP requested (on Facebook event page) for planning purposes, but is not required to attend.
Connect with your local chapter leaders to learn about meetings in your county.
Mark your calendars and plan to join fellow DDMD families, supporters, and advocates in Annapolis.

Program details will be released in the upcoming weeks. Follow DDMD on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Pictures, press releases, and resources from past DDMD Advocacy Days can be found on our website. We look forward to your support and participation this year!  
DDMD Advocacy Day Information: Explore Past Events and Check Back for the 2020 Program
Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future

The Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is comprised of several dozen cross-sector organizations committed to the passage of both the policies and full funding of an equitable formula recommended by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission). DDMD is a member of this coalition that serves and represents the interests of over 360,000 Marylanders including students, families, educators, and professionals across industries including the arts, trade organizations, boards of education, and more.

The coalition partners endeavor to work closely with lawmakers to ensure this transformational legislation becomes a reality and encourage the Governor and the General Assembly to actively engage advocates and the larger community.

For more information and to get involved see:

Blueprint for Maryland's Future
The Maryland Education Coalition 
Strong Schools Maryland
Quick link to Kirwan Commission information including DDMD testimony.
Additional Conferences and Events 
Please contact the host organizations with any questions and requests for additional information. 
ELA Twitter Chat 

Are you following @elachat_US

 #ELAchat is a weekly chat focused on reading and writing instruction, research on literacy, and related topics. Wednesdays at 8pm EST. Go to for more information.

Upcoming Schedule:
December 4th:
 The Fuss About Teacher Prep: Why are teachers saying they were unprepared to teach reading? Hosted by Abby Boruff & Scott Geisler.

December 11th: Our National Moment of Professional Learning: What’s the best way to bring new educators to this conversation? How do you share research with your PLN? Hosted by Margaret Goldberg (of Right2Read Project) & Brian Kingsley.

December 18th: Knowledge-building in K–2: Is it too early for knowledge-rich topics? Hosted by Lize Bailey & Callie Lowenstein.

January 8th: How does knowledge-rich curriculum affect quality writing? Hosted by Katie Scotti & Josh Lemere.


Don't miss engaging opportunities on Twitter. DDMD has a guide to get you started. Click here for the basics and join in the conversation today.
Learning Disabilities Association, Annual Conference
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