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‘Made By Dyslexia’ Founder Kate Griggs To Speak At Reading Conference
Griggs, Who Founded Non-Profit with Richard Branson, Will Talk About Changing Perceptions About Dyslexia
(Atlanta, Georgia, August 25, 2017) – Made by Dyslexia founder, Kate Griggs will speak and inspire education professionals at The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) networking social Nov. 9th in conjunction with the Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference being held Nov. 8-11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Kate Griggs is an award winning campaigner and social entrepreneur, skilled in building successful collaborations that create positive disruption and change.
In May 2017 Griggs and Sir Richard Branson launched ‘Made by Dyslexia’ a new global charity led by successful dyslexics. The charity’s purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia; working with experts, psychologists and successful dyslexics to develop campaigns and tools which explain dyslexic thinking.
Made By Dyslexia aims to bring together grassroots movements and charities from around the world behind bold campaigns to drive global change making sure all dyslexics are identified, supported and inspired to reach their potential.
The networking social, to be held at the World of Coca-Cola, is hosted by IDA-Georgia volunteers along with schools and programs serving dyslexic students in the state including: The Schenck School, Swift School, The Howard School, The Bedford School, Gracepoint School, Sage School, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Wardlaw School of Atlanta Speech School, Woodward Academy Transition Program and Kendore Learning.
Dyslexic herself, and with many dyslexic family members, Griggs was fortunate enough to attend a pioneering school that supported both the strengths and challenges of dyslexic thinking.
Griggs trained in dyslexia and has worked in the field for many years as a well-known campaigner and researcher, having engaged with thousands of successful dyslexics and many academics and thought leaders to further her understanding of dyslexic thinking.
In 2005 Griggs founded the dyslexia charity Xtraordinary People, uniting the UK dyslexia charities and devising and leading a high-profile campaign. This effort culminated in the UK government’s “Rose Review of Dyslexia” that made clear recommendations to schools and an investment in teacher training. Griggs was given an award by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in recognition of her campaigning work.
Facts about Dyslexia
- Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is neurological in origin.
- Approximately 15%-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability.
- Of those who are students, 70-80% struggle with reading.
- Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
- Dyslexia affects males and females equally, as well as people from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
- 74% of children who are poor readers in 3rd grade remain poor readers in the 9th grade and into adulthood.
About IDA and the Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference
The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia. We are a resource and support system for parents, individuals with dyslexia and educators. For more information see our website at dyslexiaida.org.
The International Dyslexia Association’s mission is to create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.
IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.
The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,000 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents. For more information or to register click here.
International Dyslexia Association – Georgia (IDA-GA) supports IDA’s international efforts with a focus on education professionals and families in Georgia. IDA-GA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to increase public awareness of dyslexia and to provide effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for struggling readers. The organization is a resource and support system for parents, educators and people who are dyslexic. Many of its members are actively involved in the diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia. These members include educators, psychologists, physicians, individuals with dyslexia, and parents who have dealt with learning disability issues within local public and private schools. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge. IDA-GA provides an information and referral hotline, e-newsletters, community outreach activities, yearly conferences, teacher training workshops, as well as teacher training scholarship opportunities.
The organization is the force behind the highly successful Dyslexia Dash 5K Run/Walk held this year on October 14 at Perimeter Mall. The 2017 Dyslexia Dash is expected to attract more than 1,500 to the event that coincides with Dyslexia Awareness Month in Georgia. For more information visit DyslexiaIDA.org, GA.DyslexiaIDa.org or call 404-256-1232.
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