Celebrate Dyslexia

Helotes, TX   |  http://www.celebratedyslexia.org

Mission

To foster a community that celebrates, educates and empowers those with Dyslexia.

Ruling year info

2019

executive director

Jasmin Dean

Main address

319 Santa Domingo

Helotes, TX 78023 USA

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EIN

84-2654436

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dyslexia affects one in five individuals. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Difficulties are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction, and can result in life long social emotional complications. Research shows that the early identification of students with dyslexia along with corresponding early intervention programs will have significant implications for their future academic success. It also reports that early identification is critical because the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to remediate. Inexpensive screening measures identify at-risk children in mid-kindergarten with 85 percent accuracy and if intervention is not provided before the age of eight, the probability of reading difficulties continuing into high school is 75 percent.

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Dyslexia Education and Advocacy

To be a clearinghouse of evidence-based information that will educate the community on Dyslexia, as well as how to navigate the current education system with this learning disability by providing resources to those in need. Raise money for teacher scholarships and establish relationship with the Scottish Rite South Texas Learning Center.

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Goals & Strategy

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To be a clearinghouse of evidence-based information that will educate the community on Dyslexia, as well as how to navigate the current education system with this learning disability by providing resources to those in need. High profile events will create spaces of celebration and awareness within the community at large. Community outreach events will be organized and offered to parents and teachers alike including Experience Dyslexia simulator as well as evidence-based research on the importance of early identification and interventions. We will also work with the Scottish Rite to scholarship teachers who want to become Dyslexia certified and/or become Qualified Instructors. We will also work with medical professionals to obtain medical insurance coverage for the identification and treatment of Dyslexia.

We are gifting “Beautiful Minds: Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage” to the DoSeum October 2020-January 2021. With this platform, many community program events featuring local successful Dyslexia entrepreneurs, as well as local students, and Dyslexia teachers will take place and highlight Dyslexia in our community.

Outreach events at schools for teacher training and parent education have been ongoing using the Experience Dyslexia Simulator.

Numerous speaking engagements at local civic organizations, non-profits, as well as tech app developers to increase community awareness of Dyslexia.

Stipends discussed and agreed upon with Scottish Rite for the upcoming new class of Dyslexia Therapists.

Medical team researching how San Antonio can play an important part in the advancements of medical coding for Dyslexia.

The Celebrate Dyslexia team is hyper focused on highlighting the strengths of Dyslexia. By building a “strength based” community, the narrative of Dyslexia will continue to seep into every discipline. The Executive Director’s professional background leads to large event planning and fundraising, with strong communications background. Board members include Dyslexia Practitioner, an Educator with Ed.D., and Physician. Partnerships have already been made in the community for loud platforms on the topic.

Since July, Celebrate Dyslexia has commissioned Whiteboard Exhibits to create a traveling form of “Beautiful Minds: Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage,” which has been gifted to the DoSeum and will take place October 2020-January 2021.

Partnered with Microsoft to host our first event to educate the community on free assistive technology available for the Dyslexic learner.
Officiated the Experience Dyslexia Simulator to educators for continuing education, parent groups, City Education Partners, to App Developers participating in World Usability Day at Geekdom, and to civic groups.

Started partnership conversation with the Scottish Rite to offer stipends for Qualified Instructors as well as scholarships for Dyslexia Certification for teachers.

Next:
Award Scholarships;

Establish Clinical Practice Guidelines for physicians in well-child visits;

Partner with the Magic Theatre to hire dyslexic playwright to bring a Dyslexic specific story to the stage, and facilitate that offering as part of the traveling exhibit after a San Antonio premier;

Partner with local Universities to incorporate Dyslexia training in core teacher training programs;

Continue presenting the Experience Dyslexia Simulator and make presentations throughout the community.

Financials

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Celebrate Dyslexia

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tricia Cantwell

Cantwell Mattress

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Kara Mowrey

San Antonio College

Term: 2019 - 2022

Katherine Tedesco-Evans

CRIT