Maria's Run "Until Everyone Can Read! " It'a A Civil Right!
Organized by: Maria Kimmins
Please help make a change! Too many people suffer from Dyslexia and other reading disabilities. As many as 15–20% of the population as a whole—have some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. Dyslexia is familial, my son has Dyslexia, as well as my two grandsons. I had to become very focused to help my son survive school. It wasn't until he was in college that he was identified; he was just considered a behavior problem. Due to his very high IQ he was able to use his creativity, oral vocabulary and comprehension skills to survive. To this day (he is now 39), his handwriting and spelling are poor. I am grateful he graduated college in Marine Biology. I really thought the pain, struggles, and stress that my son went through were in the past . However, it has all started right back up when his son Jake went to school. Now, being in the field, I was able to get him the type of remediation he needed in 3rd grade. He suffered immensely in K - 2, and the struggle with the school district brought back the horrific memories. We had to get outside help through the Children's Dyslexia Centers and eventually, with his persistent parents, a amazing LDT-C (who is an IDA board member), me, a.k.a. grandmother (President of IDA) at the time, we as a team, were able to get the district to recognize and provide him with more appropriate support after three long painful years. And now, my 5 year old grandson, is in the beginning stages of a struggle. I work as a Principal for students with emotional /social and learning challenges. The majority of them are so behind in reading, writing, and spelling. Providing them with the right kind of remediation works! We know what to do! I am also a Director of the Children's Dyslexia Center in Hasbrouck Heights and we deal with so many children who come to us with high anxiety, poor self-esteem, stomach aches, and learned helplessness. It is painful to see what they have already been through in our schools. Just want to make it clear, I don't blame the teachers; they get teach what they don't know. At the center, It is refreshing to see our children transform when they learn to read! We know what to do to teach Everyone to Read! It is not a mystery. Administrators, teachers and Departments of Education need to realize, that structured literacy works! Structured Literacy instruction is multi-sensory, systematic and cumulative. Systematic means that the organization of material follows the logical order of the language. The sequence must begin with the easiest and most basic concepts and elements and progress methodically to more difficult concepts and elements. Cumulative means each step must be based on concepts previously learned. It is explicit instruction which requires the deliberate teaching of all concepts with continuous student-teacher interaction. It is not assumed that students will naturally deduce these concepts on their own. Lastly, It is diagnostic teaching. The teacher must be adept at individualized instruction. That is instruction that meets a student’s needs. So its not a knowledge gap, we know what to do so that everyone can read; it really is a lack of action and awareness gap! This is why at 59 years old and not in the best physical shape; I am taking action and running a marathon! If my grandchildren, my students and all the struggling readers, both young and old, work so hard everyday struggling through, I am going to work hard in preparing to run this marathon! Please support me; the money goes to the International Dyslexia Associations who's mission is to make sure Everyone can Read! Please visit TeamQuest at www.teamquestdyslexia.com The marathon is June 5, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Thank you in advance for supporting Everyone's civil right to learn how to read! Maria