Share why you support us!

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#MyGivingStory is a social media storytelling contest created to foster a public
conversation about generosity and to inspire more people to give. Would you share a
story about how and why you support Decoding Dyslexia Oregon?

Contestants have the chance to win a number of prizes throughout the month, with the
winning storytellers receiving grants up to $10,000 to give to their favorite nonprofit

Entering is as easy as 1-2-3…

  1. Write or record your #MyGivingStory: Think of a story or experience that inspired you to give, choose which format you will use to tell your story (written essay or video), and write or record your story.
  2. Post your story: Go to our contest page and click on “Submit Here.” Select the nonprofit that would receive a grant if your story wins and upload your story.
  3. Share your story on social media: The more votes you get, the better your chances of winning! Direct people to vote in the online gallery. The 20 stories with the most votes will be recognized as Finalists and submitted to the judging panel, who will select the winners.
  1. Submit your essay (with an optional image) or video story between Nov 1st – Nov 30th.
  2. Share your story regularly via social media and encourage everyone you know to vote daily through Dec 7th.
  3. The 20 entries with the most votes will be considered by the judging panel the week of Dec 10th.
  4. The winning stories will be announced the week of Dec 17th.

As part of our community, we hope that you might take a few minutes to reflect on why giving
matters to you, share your story in the #MyGivingStory contest, and, of course, consider naming
us as the recipient of a grant prize if you win.

There’s no time like the present!
Submit your story today and share so we can help celebrate how and why you give back!







PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS and Decoding Dyslexia Event!

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Celebrate with Decoding Dyslexia 


Sunday, Nov 4th!

Join us for a night with the Portland Trail Blazers!

Please join the Portland Trail Blazers on November 4th for our annual fundraising night at the Moda Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fun night with your family and friends when the Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exciting early season matchup!

Please make sure you stop by our Community Corner table located on the 100 level concourse to say hello! You can also grab your tickets for the 5050 raffle from local volunteers to help benefit Decoding Dyslexia during the game.



Connect! Join the Kid’s Network!

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Decoding Dyslexia Kid’s Network of Oregon connects and empowers kids with dyslexia living in Oregon. The Network is designed for parents of kids with dyslexia. Kids in this group will enjoy social meet ups, Shining Star Speaker events, connecting with others and embracing their dyslexic advantages. Sign up today to get emails about events and start connecting with others!

Join our Decoding Dyslexia Kid’s Network of Oregon Facebook page and start connecting with other families today!

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A Night with the Portland Trail Blazers!

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Nov 13th 2017, Trail Blazers vs the Denver Nuggets!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 1 in 5 on this special night. We are blessed to have this community and your support!  A special thank you to all our volunteers for participating in the 50/50 raffle. You raised $7,954 in the total pot!

Special thank you to the Portland Trail Blazers for your 3rd year supporting dyslexia awareness!


Light it Up RED – Oct 15th 2017!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our 1 in 5 on this special night. We are blessed to have this community and spend time together; reminding us that we are no longer alone!

A special thank you to Jared Blank for sharing his story. To support Jared on his new challenge and adventure, click here!

Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event happen!
Center on Teaching and Learning, University of Oregon
Edison High School
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon
Language Skills Therapy
Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Park Academy
PDX Reading Specialist
Successful Learning Educational Services




Join Us! Be an Ambassador!

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Many groundbreaking State laws relating to dyslexia have passed in Oregon, but that was the easy part! The difficult work starts now.

We need active and passionate community members to hold districts and schools accountable to implement dyslexia screening and teacher training. We hope YOU will choose to become involved!

If you opt-in to our new email list, we will send you specific actions you can take in your own community to create change.

There are no obligations, so if you think you might be interested in performing even one action – join our list!  We expect to share 1 or 2 messages per month.

Also, connect with other Ambassador’s on our Ambassador Facebook page!

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Call for Reviewers for Dyslexia-Related Training Opportunities

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking reviewers to read and evaluate applications from potential vendors received through a Request for Information (RFI) for dyslexia-related training opportunities.

Oregon’s new dyslexia legislation, SB 612, requires that the Department annually develop a list of training opportunities related to dyslexia and that the trainings on the list satisfy the following requirements:

  • comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia;
  • enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia; and
  • enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic, explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

SB 612 states that each school district must ensure that at least one K-5 teacher in each K-5 public school in Oregon receives training related to dyslexia that meets the above requirements by January 1, 2018. Trainings selected through the review process will be included on the annual list developed by the Department to be released to districts beginning in April of 2017 and to be posted through March of 2018.

Qualifications:  The Department is seeking reviewers with expertise in the areas of scientifically-based beginning reading instruction and dyslexia who serve in roles that are not limited to, but includes:

  • PK-12 public school district or building administrator
  • PK-12 public school teacher or specialist
  • PK-12 private school staff
  • charter school staff
  • Education Service District employee
  • parent
  • college or university faculty
  • community-based organization representative
  • educational consultant

Requirements: Reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for applications submitted to the Oregon Department of Education under the Request for Information (RFI) for dyslexia-related training opportunities. Expectations for selected reviewers are:

  • The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer’s location.
  • The reviewer must have access to the internet, a phone, and a printer, and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.
  • The reviewer must be able to participate in an orientation session via an online Go To Meeting prior to evaluating the applications. The reviewer will participate in a panel (of 3) and will read and score approximately 3-5 applications over the period of time the RFI is posted (March – July, 2017). Reviewers will have two weeks to independently review and score applications. No more than 2 applications will be assigned to each reviewer over the period of two weeks.
  • The reviewer must use a scoring rubric to provide detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each criterion for each assigned application. These written reviews are made public, though the reviewer’s identity is not revealed.
  • The reviewer must be able to participate in a consensus meeting via an online Go To Meeting following the review to collaborate with the panel on quality feedback and final scores.
  • The reviews will be used to identify training opportunities to be included on the Department’s annual list of dyslexia-related training opportunities.

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered as a reviewer for dyslexia-related training opportunities, please complete the Application for Reviewers, including the Certification Regarding Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Statement, and submit by March 29, 2017.

Conflict of Interest: If you are an individual who provides dyslexia-related training, you will not be eligible to serve as a reviewer. As a reviewer, you will have a conflict of interest if:

  • You helped prepare an application, regardless of financial interest in the success of failure of that application.
  • You have agreed to serve, or you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor, or consultant on an applicant’s training.
  • Your personal financial interests will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees, or associates of the vendor applying to be on the training list.

More Information: For more information on serving as a reviewer, contact .

Application for Reviewers

Click here for more information on SB 612 and the Department’s work on implementation of the requirements.


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We are getting pumped for #OregoniansGive!

What is #OregoniansGive? On Nov. 29th, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to give where your heart is! We hope that is with us!  We have a chance to be a part of Oregon’s day of giving – #OregoniansGive – an opportunity to unite Oregonians around causes in which they truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach of our goal of $1,000. View our campaign at: We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! On Nov. 29th, starting at 12:00am midnight, visit and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on Nov. 29th.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know. (

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization!



Spot Light on The Shadow Project!

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spotlight-147742_640The Shadow Project has historically supported Oregon children within the special education classroom by offering strategies, resources and materials that help their teachers. Shadow is expanding its evidence-based programming to a more comprehensive model that serves children when they are in their mainstream classroom, after school, and at home. Supporting the child from home, to school, and back. This year, Shadow began working with principals, special education and mainstream teachers, parents and after-school providers at five K-8 Portland Public Schools to bring full-day reading support to children with print-related disabilities. Shadow supports children with dyslexia and other print disabilities by offering access to books on tape with Learning Ally.

Check out your local school to see if they partner with The Shadow Project!




Light it Up Red Photos!

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2015 PAST EVENT in PORTLAND, OR – Six local organizations and schools lit the Morrison Bridge red starting October 15th for three nights to recognize the 1 in 5 students who struggle with dyslexia. Governor Kate Brown declared October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month. The 15th was chosen for the initial bridge lighting to represent the 1 in 5 people that struggle with this learning disability. Check out the slideshow of the celebration!



Decoding Dyslexia Oregon



Edison High School is a non-profit private school in Portland dedicated to meeting the special education needs of Learning Disabled/Differenced (LD) teens including Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Visual Perception and Nonverbal Learning Disorders, among others.


Language Skills Therapy offers evaluation and remedial therapy for individuals with developmental dyslexia (specific language disability).


ORBIDA is the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ORBIDA), which focuses on increasing public awareness of how dyslexia affects both children and adults.


Park Academy is a school in Lake Oswego Oregon with an articulated elementary through high school curriculum specifically designed for students with dyslexia. Park Academy empowers students with diverse learning challenges to reach their highest potential of giftedness while excelling academically and becoming responsible citizens and community leaders.


The Blosser Center is an independent, non-profit center in the Northwest accredited by the Academy of Orton- Gillingham Practitioners and Educators dedicated to helping children and adults achieve their potential despite dyslexia or related literacy difficulties.