2019 Dyslexia Awareness Activities

At 6pm on October 4, 2019 Cambridge will Light Up City Hall Red to mark World Dyslexia Awareness Day.

Please come and join us, and wear red to signify your support for dyslexia awareness as we launch a month of activities taking place in schools, libraries, and the community.

Light it Up Red at City Hall
October 4 at 6PM 795 Massachusetts Ave
Wear red and join us for this sunset ceremony, when Cambridge will light City Hall red in honor of dyslexia awareness

Dyslexia Community Resource Fair
October 19 from 1 – 4PM
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School – 459 Broadway
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Barbara Wilson, Author & Co-Founder of the Wilson Reading System®

Decoding Dyslexia MA: Light the Zakim Bridge Red
October 19 at 6PM
Sunset ceremony in Paul Revere Park, Charlestown

Dyslexia Awareness Month Displays
September 29th – October 6th
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

THE ALPHABET WAR
Grades 2 – 5: Ask your child’s teacher about Dyslexia Awareness Classroom Read-Alouds of The Alphabet War: A Story of Dyslexia during the month of October

About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a brain-based issue that makes it hard to learn to read accurately and fluently. The most common learning challenge, Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. Students don’t outgrow dyslexia, but with the right support, key skills can improve. About 17% (nearly 1 in 5) people show signs of reading challenges such as dyslexia. Many successful people have dyslexia, and researchers have been studying it for over a century. It’s important to know that while dyslexia impacts learning, it’s not a problem of intelligence. People with dyslexia are just as smart as their peers.

About the Cambridge Dyslexia and Struggling Readers Working Group

Statement of Purpose: To build effective partnership with school and community stakeholders to ensure that Cambridge Public School Students with dyslexia and struggling readers: are taught in a way that is evidence and science-based and appropriate for their learning and emotional needs, rigorous, joyful & culturally responsive; receive personalized support; experience post-secondary Success, and become engaged community members.

The Dyslexia and Struggling Readers Working Group, which is comprised of parents, school administrators, teachers and community members, was formed in July 2019 and began meeting monthly with the Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Student Services and members of her staff to support program improvement for students with language-based learning disabilities, including early screening and intervention, and Dyslexia Awareness.

This working group is a sub-committee of the Cambridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Zuleka Queen-Postell (zqueen-postell@cpsd.us) and/or Mercedes Soto (soto.mercedesm@gmail.com)

FREE Parent Support Groups

Cambridge SE-PAC has partnered with Bay Cove Human Services to offer FREE Parent Network Support Groups

Opportunities to:

  • Talk to a group of parents who share your concerns in a safe confidential environment
  • Access their resource library of over 800 books
  • Receive one-on-one support, consultation, information and support at school meetings.
  • Attend trainings based on parents needs
  • Join their online Parent Support Network
  • Light refreshment will be served

2018-19 Daytime Group:
1st & 3rd Friday of the Month, 10AM-11:30AM
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr School
102 Putnam Ave. Cambridge MA 02139
Register here  for the morning group

2018-19 Evening Group:
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month, 6PM-7:30PM
Fletcher Maynard Academy
225 Windsor St. Cambridge MA 02139
Register here for the evening group

Questions? Please contact:

Zuleka Queen-Postell
ZQueen-Postell@CPSD.US      
(617) 593-4402