Support Jade Iris in her quest to learn to read
Organized by: Michael Ortiz
Meet Jade I. Ortiz. Age 7. An incredibly intelligent girl just wanting to live a normal life. Since the age of 5 she has been enrolled in school and has done exceptionally well, always at the top of her class, extremely creative, very respectful and always taking the role of leader in every classroom environment she was in. At the tender age of 7, in the first grade, my family & I noticed a dramatic change in her learning curve. She was struggling to read and nothing we were doing to assist her was helping, in fact she started regressing as the school year went on. Her attitude toward school changed, not being as vocal as she once was, wanting to stay home more often than not and even crying from frustration during homework. She was struggling to sound out words, and I noticed when I helped her out with reading a word she could see that same exact word a sentence later and look at it as if it was a new word she had never seen before. Seeing my daughter struggle and stressed out about falling behind in school killed me inside. We tried everything! Reading glasses, a tutoring center, we got her evaluated by the DOE in which they labeled her as Learning Disabled and gave her Setss (Special Education Teacher Support Services) throughout the school year. Nothing helped. Knowing your child is struggling and not being able to help them is a parents worst nightmare. Finally, one day while doing math homework with her, I noticed she was transposing her numbers and I immediately thought of Dyslexia. Through my insurance I was able to get her evaluated with NYU Langone and the results came back as expected. Jade is highly intelligent but suffers from Dyslexia-a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading (which explains why she can't sound out words, and can't reconcile . After consulting with Dr. Dorfman (neuropsychologist at NYU Langone) she highly recommended a specialized tutoring program called Lindamood-Bell which specializes in early childhood treatment in Dyslexia and learning disabilities. Unfortunately, a program as such is not covered under the Health Insurance that the Department of Education provides for my daughter and I and with my current salary I am unable to afford a 6 week program that would dramatically help Jade achieve educational goals beyond her wildest dreams. The hardest thing for a responsible parent who loves their child dearly is not being able to provide the help that she so desperately needs because of a financial burden. It breaks my heart to imagine that my daughter Jade is not able to learn the basics of life, which is why I humble myself before you in asking for this funding to be able to provide the specialized tutoring that she so desperately needs where at the very least it can provide her an opportunity to put her back on a level playing field with children her age and allow her to be a normal happy kid.