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.

Sign Up Today!


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 carrie.thomas-beck@state.or.us .

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: http://tinyurl.com/DDORGIVE 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 https://www.oregoniansgive.org 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. (info@decodingdyslexiaor.org)

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.

Blazers Night for Dyslexia!

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Celebrate with Decoding Dyslexia and  the PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Opening Night, Wednesday Oct 28th

Two STEP PROCESS to enjoy the fun!

1. Order you tickets online with the link below or fill out the Blazers Flyer and Order Form.

Website: http://rosequarter.com/decodingdyslexia

2. The first 30 kids that get tickets and RSVP below will be invited to be “a courtside kid” and high-five the players just before the game.
RSVP HERE to have your child with dyslexia invited courtside.
Meet us at the Game & wear RED! 
Before the game, stop by to the Decoding Dyslexia booth on the main concourse near entrance A 24. And come to our booth at halftime for a group photo!

Libraries Display Dyslexia!

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Request an Informational Display in your School or Library!

Many libraries and schools are happy to provide space for a informational or bulletin board displays. Ask your school or library to display flyers, handouts, reading & audio material on dyslexia. See the suggested materials below.

  1. libraryPoster introducing dyslexia
    (Click here to view premade posters.)
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Dyslexia Awareness Month Proclamation signed by Governer Brown
  4. Description of new legislation
  5. Famous Dyslexics
  6. Books
    If your library doesn’t have any of the books available, ask them to consider purchasing the books or consider donating them to the library. The library will need a few weeks lead time to pull requested books for display. They can also order books with a 4-6 week lead time.

    • Resource Books
      • Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
      • The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide
      • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss
      • Overcoming Dysleixa by Sally Shaywitz
      • Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats
      • Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocay: The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam and Pete Wright
    • Books for Children
      • It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer MooreMallinow
      • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
      • If You’re so Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? by Barbara Esham
      • The Alphabet War: A Story About Dyslexia by Diane Burton Robb
      • Tom’s Special Talent by Kate Gaynor
    • Authors with Dyslexia
      • Henry Winkler – The Hank Zipper series
      • Patricia Polacco
      • Dav Pilkey –  Captain Underpants series
      • John Irving – The World According to Garp
      • Victor Villasenor Burro – Genius; Rain of Gold
      • Avi – The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
      • F. Scott Fitzgerald
      • Agatha Christie
  7. Video loop of “What is dyslexia?” by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
    Check if the library can dedicate a computer to show this video.
  8. Handouts

Share a picture of your school’s or library’s display!  Send to: info@decodingdyslexiaor.org or post to our Facebook page.


October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

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Ways to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month in your community!

We believe real change happens from small daily actions by people that do something meaningful. This October we encourage you to do something meaningful to raise awareness in your community. And share what you did! (on our Facebook page or add your comment below)

Your actions can be as simple posting a ‘1 in 5’ sign in your car window. Or gathering a few parents together to watch a movie at your home. If you feel more ambitious host a larger event at the library, school or community theater. Remember, any outreach whether small or large scale has the potential to raise awareness about dyslexia and may help a child receive the screening and help they need early in their education path.

Contact us at info@decodingdyslexiaor.org if you would like help.

  1. Come out and own it! Tell a friend or co-worker your story.

  2. Organize an informational dyslexia display or bulletin board at your local library or school (Click here for some ideas & images)

  3. Share with your school officials and teachers the new Oregon Legislation!

  4. Distribute postcards around town about dyslexia (contact us, we have plenty)

  5. Join our ME TOO! Campaign  – Host a support group for kids & parents (Click here for step by step ideas.)

  6. Host a movie & discussion

    • Embracing Dyslexia
      embracingdyslexia.com -This in an excellent first movie to screen and is free on youtube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBIK0XVPbXo) or available for $10 on DVD.  Their website includes a ready made flyer.
    • The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
      thebigpicturemovie.com – Another excellent film for groups, cost depends on the viewing location. Their website also  includes a ready made flyer.
  7. Host a Dyslexia Simulation Event Encourage parents, educators and administrators to attend.

  8. Create a Light it Up Red Event On October 15, show your support for the 1 in 5 students who struggle with dyslexia!

  9. Give a talk to your local PTO Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has premade powerpoints.

  10. Organize a letter writing campaign to your local newspaper Try to have a different letter once or twice a week for a month. Encourage different points of view from:

    •  Students
    •  Parents
    • Tutors
    • Teachers
    • Adults with Dyslexia
  11. Host a speaker panel Invite students, parents, adults and tutors to discuss their experiences with dyslexia.

  12. Create a banner of local and famous people with dyslexia Display it around town (library, coffee shops, etc.) Decoding Dyslexia Oregon also has fun posters you can display.

  13. Have fun and be creative and think out-of-the-box. (We know you can!)