Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 14, 2012.


WELCOME TO DYSLEXIA-VILLE.COM: The comprehensive website that will become the launching pad to success for millions of dyslexics.

Finding us after our Kickstarter campaign has come to end?  Not to worry!  We are continuing to accept donations through our Fiscal Sponsor: Women Make Movies.  Here's how to make a tax deductible donation:

Click here, and scroll down to the project "Dyslexia-ville."  Enter your pledge amount in the payment box, and follow instructions to make a donation with your credit card.


You can send a check to:

Women Make Movies Attn: Fiscal Sponsorships
462 Broadway, Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
New York, NY 10013

You can make the check out to Women Make Movies, making sure it says Dyslexia-ville in the "For" line.

Send along your address as well if you'd ike WMM to send you an official receipt for your taxes.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions: Read below for information about Dyslexia-ville.

Click here for an audio recording of the below text.


The comprehensive online network that will become the launching pad to success for the millions of dyslexics around the world.

I am Peggy Stern and I have dyslexia. I was fortunate enough to graduate from Harvard University and win an Academy Award. But, I am one of the lucky ones.  My grandmother intervened early on, and found an incredible teacher who helped me overcome my frustration, fear, and self-doubt. It is from my own experience that I want to assist dyslexic children in achieving their goals.

I am appealing to you as a community, that we work together to launch Dyslexia-ville, making it the first website hub of its kind—and help foster a positive, creative, playful identity for dyslexic kids who deserve the chance to be happy and productive adults.

The two web series Shooting Stars and Word of Mouth will be the cornerstone of the D-ville site. Episodes will be designed to elicit dialogue and inspire children to interact with each other over their shared issues. 

Watch a preview below of Aidan's story.  Aidan was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2nd grade, which took a toll on her self esteem, and confidence as a learner. Thanks to Aidan's hard work, her parents support, and help from The Churchill School in New York City, her story can be seen as an inspiration for other kids who struggle with dyslexia.


A web destination that is:

·    Bursting with the imaginative ideas generated by children with dyslexia 

·   Visually intuitive and full of fun

·      Easy to navigate

·      Chock full of resources – without being text heavy

·      Equipped with audio aids for struggling readers

Here are some of the D-ville community hotspots that kids will be able to explore endlessly: 

* The ARCADE – featuring a collection of the best interactive games designed specifically for children with dyslexia.

* The MOVIE THEATER – where you can tune into web episodes that follow the real stories of children and adults with dyslexia. This will include media made by young people and submitted to the site.

* The CAFÉ – our social network hub where kids can share experiences, triumphs and struggles by posting (via voice, video or writing) to their own personally-designed “D-ville House” (in D-ville we call it House Hopping.)

*The BLOG – where kids, parents and teachers share experiences, best practices, and other information about dyslexia in and out of the classroom. 

We hope by now we’ve captured your curiosity about how D-ville looks and functions.  Want to experience it for yourself?  We will provide a link to the working demo for your donation of $75 or more. 



The money we raise from Kickstarter will help us create the visual media needed for the site. 

Read about our our entire D-Ville team, from the ten-person Advisory Board (click here for bios),to expert media professionals and designers, who have a never-give-up commitment to this project.

·      $20,000 will be used to complete the post -production of our web-seriesWORD OF MOUTH. Over the past 4 years, we have collected footage that follows a number of dyslexics at different stages in their lives. 

·      $40,000 will fund our second D-ville web-series, SHOOTING STARS, 20 short interviews with accompanying animation, produced by the Academy Award winning team of Peggy Stern and John Canemaker. 

Join the D-ville community!   To receive updates about D-ville's progress, join our mailing list, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter (@dyslexiaville). 

*As a web destination designed specifically for kids, it is our priority to protect young users of the site, and we will follow all criteria for child safety highlighted in the Child Privacy Protection Act.


Any of our prizes that are text heavy will also be available in audiobook form, or as an audio recording.  Think about how cool your new audiobook will look with a D-ville book plate on top!

Click here for an audio recording of our prize list.




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    You will receive all future updates about Dyslexia-ville's progress, and, we'll throw a shiny new penny into D-ville's wishing well on your behalf. Hopefully, it will bring us (and you) good luck!

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    D-ville's tour guide, Dixie Dyslexia, along with the D-ville team, send you a wholehearted thank you for helping make Dyslexia-ville a reality.

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    Receive both the ever-popular THIS CAR CLIMBED MT. DYSLEXIA bumper sticker and the D-VILLE FIGHTING SPIDERDUCKS team full color logo sticker (3inch round)! Dyslexics can now proudly show-off their citizenship outside the D-Ville city limits with these durable and hi-quality stickers. Perfect for lockers, lunch-pails, laptops, or your Lexus!

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    You will receive the above prize, AND a customized D-ville bookplate featuring the D-Ville SPIDERDUCK. These distinguished adhesive bookplates will instantly raise the resale value of your book collection as well as make your collection less susceptible to book thieves.

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    You will receive the above prizes, AND a link to the dynamic D-ville work-in-progress site. Be the first to tour the online experience that is destined to dramatically enhance the lives of every dyslexic kid and parent.

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    You will receive the above prizes AND acclaimed children’s author Lemony Snicket will reveal one TOP SECRET sentence from a new, not yet published work—for your eyes only! This “sneak peek” sentence will be sent in a handsome mailer to you or to a child of your choice.

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    You will receive the above prizes AND one of our wildly popular D-ville t-shirts—featuring the DYSLEXIA-VILLE Fighting SPIDERDUCK team logo. All shirts are 100% cotton, lightblue, and come in adult and kid sizes. D-Ville Screen Printers® will take full responsibility for possible shrinkage as well as for any excessive pride experienced by the wearer.

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    You will receive the above prizes AND a signed copy of "My Dyslexia" (2011) by Pulitzer Prize winning author and fellow dyslexic, Philip Schultz. What reviewers are saying: “Starred review. [Shultz's] affecting prose will inspire compassion and leave readers with an understanding not only of dyslexia, but of the lifelong challenges that someone with disabilities may face.” (Publisher's Weekly)

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    You will receive all of the above prizes as well as an Executive Producer credit on our groundbreaking D-ville web series, "Shooting Stars." Your name, or the name of your organization, will also be engraved on a bronze name-plate and permanently fastened to the back of a seat in the downtown D-Ville theater.

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    For those who pony up this profound pledge, we will provide all of the above prizes plus an invitation to a private launch party with the Academy Award winning team behind D-ville. These celebratory dinners will be held in NYC, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin. We will add a party for your community if you rally together to contribute $25,000 as a group. Go for it!

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    For pledging at this high-altitude level, receive all of the above prizes and get an appreciative hi-five from Jay Leno, who has also struggled with learning disabilities. Jay has very kindly offered Green Room Tickets to his show, including a tour of backstage, and a photo op. Tickets will be available through the end of 2013.

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