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September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

My involvement with the organization dates back to the 1970s when it was known as the Orton Society. I learned about "learning disabilities" when my child was tested at Teachers College, Columbia University. My child could learn but needed a different way of teaching that is multisensory, structured and repetitive. As a result of my experience with my daughter, I went back to school and received a Masters in Special Education. Many giving, sharing, loving people in the field helped me with my daughter and I was most grateful. That's when I decided I wanted to help others.

I have and continue to attend the professional meetings and conferences which have been invaluable in making me a more effective teacher and currently a tutor (I am retired at this time).

The nonprofit organization, Everyone Reading, does phenomenal work on behalf of children and adults who have difficulty reading due to their inability to learn how to read in traditional methods used in schools. In addition to the workshops and conferences, the data base helps clients find tutors, like myself. Parents are grateful in finding me by calling the association whether it is to find a tutor or a workshop or conference days for parents and professionals.

Everyone Reading is an invaluable source for many bright, talented students who need that other way of learning to read.

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my personal family life and professional teaching career.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their budget to make workshops and conferences available to everyone, especially the low-income districts. Another change I would make is to teach administrators how children learn to read. By administrators understanding how children learn to read, decisions would be made to use multisensory techniques in classrooms.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I am a public school special education teacher at an elementary school in NYC. I teach many students who have learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. Everyone Reading has provided some of the most valuable Professional Development experiences that I have ever had. In addition, each year I attend their Dyslexia Conference, which has provided me with new programs and strategies that have helped me improve my student's performance. I often provide parents with materials I obtain from the Everyone Reading website to help them understand Dyslexia. In addition, I refer parents to their workshops, which are extremely informative and go above and beyond what the public school system offers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my teaching practice.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so they could provide low cost tutoring and advocacy to students in public schools who do not have the means to afford it.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

A most caring organization. Everyone Reading listens to parents, their children, and all the professionals who come into contact with them. I have noticed over the years how referrals to the appropriate professionals have been made with every concern for the individual. I have come to expect their professionalism, and they have never failed me.

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The help I received early on and the assistance I continue to receive as a certified reading therapist.

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My hope is that this organization will be more successful financially as it introduces innovative ways in all areas related to the most important learning process: Reading. There should be use of the Everyone Reading program in the New York City Public School (and Charter School) System. An Orton-Gillingham program helps the dyslexic student, the educationally challenged student, and every other (regular) child in the room, as well.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

This organization was my savor when I first learned that My daughter had dyslexia. Attending workshops and having the help line (Diane) was very calming for me. It gave me a place where I can ask questions and I knew that I would get the correct answer.
I also attended many workshops that
helped me learn what I could do for my daughter. I also learned a great deal on understanding the New York Department of Education. They provided answers that no one at the BOE would share.
Thank you for such a great organization

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This was a great place to learn about dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

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More Parents should know about this resource!

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I needed help in finding a qualified tutor for my daughter who is dyslexic. Up to then, the only people whom I had been able to find and who she had been given in her schools were well intentioned but not qualified to give her the targeted help she needed. Immediately I was given a number of names in the areas of expertise I specified as well as the regional area I needed with advice on what I should expect them charging and if they were known for working with the age group I needed. With Everyone Reading's help, I found a wonderful tutor who is doing exactly what is necessary to improve my daughter's skills in reading.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

advice and referrals

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to increase their outreach to schools and parents who do not know about them.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

I've worked this Everyone Reading (previosly known as NYbIda) , attending their annual conference held in New York City for the past 10 years. I've also taken several staff development workshops offered by their organization. I continue to be impressed with the high professional caliber of their conference presenters and workshop leaders. Everyone Reading offers a valuable resource for parents children, and adults with learning differences, as well as to professionals who serve this population.

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annual conference attendee and workshop participant.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N.A.

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

Dyslexia is a disability that often slips between the cracks. In NYC, the DOE doesn't even administer tests that capable of diagnosing it, thus making it difficult to get any services. Legislators, educators and parents need to be aware that many children that could be helped very early on are not getting it & are suffering the consequences. Everyone Reading, however, is a fabulous first stop for anyone who suspects a reading disorder. They can provide you with referrals for psychologists, tutors, attorneys and advocates & regularly host low-cost workshops.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding the resources I need to help my child.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More visibility through branding strategy and advocacy work.

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

I have been a reading teacher since 1995 and have had many tutoring experiences with children from grades K through 6. The most challenging cases involved children with learning disabilities, in particular this one child, Joe, whom I could not accelerate as fast as I would have liked. I began going to workshops and seminars at the Everyone Reading organization, attending many sessions related to multi-sensory techniques. I discovered the Wilson reading program and began using it with little Joe. It was miraculous! He became a fluent reader after a year of hard work. It has changed my life and the ones of the children I tutor. I will continue to attend all relevant workshops in my field.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the success in reading that the children have experienced with whom I've tutored.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bring it into the new york city schools.

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

Everyone Reading is an exceptional nonprofit organization that supports people with dyslexia and related learning disabilities in many ways. Their annual conference is the premier event of its type in the Northeast, attracting about 1,000 parents, professionals, and individuals who struggle with reading. Their information and referrals service provides much needed information and support to parents and professionals who call for help seeking appropriate services for their children and their students. Their multi-varied staff development opportunities enrich the skills professionals bring to their work with children who face challenges in reading, writing, and math as well as social skills. Their low-fee, scholarship supported one-on-one summer tutoring program provides the highest quality instruction to students at the same time the tutors receive focused supervision to improve their skills. Finally, Everyone Reading's active political action work brings the needs of this community to lawmakers in Albany and New York City.

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I have heard and read countless testimonials from parents and professionals about the very direct ways Everyone Reading has listened and responded to their needs. I have read the glowing reviews of participants at the conference and the multitude of staff development offerings. I have tallied the astounding gains scores of students in the summer tutoring program. I have experienced first hand the comradeship of the members of this organization who are tireless in their quest to make it even better.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their staff and their operating budget so they could provide even more support to the children, parents, and professionals who would benefit from their expertise and their compassion.

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

Everyone Reading has truly helped my family, especially my daughter. They provide excellent workshops, where I became a stronger advocate for my daughter. The summer reading program built confidence and increase my little one's reading skills. The annual conferences brought me in touch with a network of education professionals that I might never have access to other wise. And speaking of networking, Everyone Reading connected us with a certified reading tutor who made all the difference for my kid.

The only constructive feedback I have for the organization is to tap into the power and experience of parents and maybe having a mentoring program were older kids help younger ones. I'm sure this will happen as the organization grows and has more resources at hand.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter's reading level has increased greatly.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need a larger space.

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