Well known facts: Scientists estimate that 1 in 5 individuals are dyslexic. If identified by first grade when neuroplasticity is greatest, many dyslexic children can overcome this disability if provided appropriate instruction by their school systems. Sadly, many school systems across the country fail to identify dyslexia and even when identified, do not provide appropriate instruction, dooming the majority of our dyslexic kids to frustration and failure at every level of our educational system.
Our non-profit documentary will be the first “road map” to help families, school administrators and others navigate the maze of dyslexia education and advocate for the appropriate teaching methodologies so dyslexic kids can learn to read, which we all know is the lynchpin to a successful education.
Our full length documentary film and online community will provide a framework on how to identify and secure an appropriate education for our dyslexic children. Based on our success in the Upper Arlington (Ohio) school district, we will lay out the steps that school districts need to follow to implement existing, scientifically -based educational programs that are designed to teach dyslexic kids how to read. In fact, these same, educational programs have been shown to be best-suited to teaching virtually all children how to read. To put it bluntly, we have the opportunity to revolutionize early literacy instruction.
So, the beginning of our story. Six years ago, our very brave group of parents fought for their dyslexic children and their right to learn to read. Like many schools around the country, their school district denied dyslexia existed and used ineffective teaching methodologies for kids who had trouble reading. To make progress, the parents filed a formal complaint to Ohio’s Department of Education which found in their favor on all counts. As a result, their school district fully transformed its approach to dyslexia education and transformed its literacy programs into the model for effective reading, in general and for intervention, that is now benefiting thousands of students in Upper Arlington.
And the word is out about this amazing and courageous transformation. The Upper Arlington school district, located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, was recently featured in an hour long American Public Media podcast called “Hard to Read” that was also featured on NPR.
Our documentary production is being led by the core group of parents who fought for their children, as well as a seasoned group of video professionals and an Emmy-nominated documentary writer. All are working together to bring this story to life. Together they want to help other families, children, parents, school administrators and school districts address and fix the very solvable issue of dyslexia.
This project is for all kids and the future of all of our children. With your help, we will change lives everywhere.
Because every child deserves to learn to read…
UPDATE: Giving is tax deductible via our 501c3 host and your receipt will be sent after your donation. Giving can also be anonymous if desired. We will confirm the desired anonymity with each individual before listing donors on our website.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk is not raising the funds necessary to produce a quality documentary and bring it to the people who need to see it most: dyslexics, parents, advocates, and most importantly school districts not identifying or appropriately remediating children with dyslexia.
We are fully prepared to shed light on how dyslexia is inadequately identified and addressed in our nation's schools and tell the story of this brave group of Central Ohio parents through a documentary film, no matter the total funds we raise.
But in order for us to bring you a high quality engaging documentary that reaches the broadest audience with the exact steps they can take to effectively affect children with reading challenges, we need you to join us in this fight!
Please help us raise the full amount of our fundraising goal and bring this important, life-changing story and step-by-step plan to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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