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

my personal family life and professional teaching career.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Parent of learning disabled children (successful adults now), special education and reading teacher in public and private schools. Currently, I am retired and do some private tutoring in reading.