This is our family's 4th year participating in the IDA Dyslexia Dash. We have seen the incredible transformation and success in the classroom through remediation thanks to amazing teachers at The Schenck School and Wesleyan School and want to give back by fundraising to help train teachers all over Georgia in these proven methods and equip them to assist with early intervention. We appreciate the efforts of the IDA to bring Dyslexia awareness and the confidence that the Dash experience has given our children when they see how many other children have special brains like them and the huge community that supports and encourages them.
Our dyslexic journey began as a family when Hannah Grace was diagnosed at age 4 1/2. Through early testing, she was able to receive the help she needed at a specialized private school for dyslexic learners starting in kindergarten. She spent 2 years at the special school working hard and learning the tools she needed to soar on. She was able to successfully transition to her new school where she is thriving in and out of the classroom. While there were red flags Hampton, his diagnosis came a little later, at age 9. We are thankful that his school uses a phonics based curriculum throughout lower school and with a few small accommodations, he has also learned well in his school environment. Both of our children have fallen in love with reading and we could not be more thankful for that gift. We know independent testing, private school tuition and certified tutoring is not an option for all. The Dyslexia Dash provides our family an opportunity to work together to support children and families like ours without the resources we have access too.
We thank you for coming along side our family in supporting the International Dyslexia Association. With 15-20% of the population being dyslexic, awareness is understanding is something we have become passionate about. We have learned so much about dyslexia on our journey and would love to answer questions and help share what we have learned if you have a child you suspect might have red flags for a language based learning difference. Together we can demystify reading difficulties, spread knowledge about dyslexia and effective reading instruction, and encourage change.
IDA-GA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia, the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties (affecting 15-20% of the population). We are a part of the International Dyslexia Association, which with over 13,000 members is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. We are a resource and support system for all individuals concerned with dyslexia and related reading difficulties.
When you donate, you make it possible for the IDA-GA to provide free community outreach meetings and dyslexia awareness building events including the annual Dyslexia Dash 5K run/walk, professional education conferences, an information and referral hotline, and e-newsletters to increase awareness and educational solutions for struggling readers. They anticipate returning more than $50,000 in scholarships and grants focused on structured literacy teacher training.
Thank you for any support for this worthy cause!
Matt, Amanda, Hampton & Hannah Grace