Dyslexia Advocacy Day in Annapolis, 2018

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Lowe House Office Building

6 Bladen Street

Rooms 170 & 180

Annapolis, MD 21401

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WHO: Parents, students, educators concerned about reading and writing literacy for struggling students, students with dyslexia and related language learning differences in Maryland public schools.

Tentative Schedule:*

8:00 - 8:30 am - Continental Breakfast ~ Community Partner Open House ~ Registration

8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:45 Legislative Asks: What We Need from our Elected Officials
9:15 Chairman Anne Kaiser, Education Issues Brief, 2018 Session
9:30 Friends of Dyslexia Recognitions
9:40 Screening and Assessment Maryland Beacon Site Pilot Program Announcement
10:30 Fixing the Reading Failure Model: Maryland Families Speak Out
11:15 BREAK Pre-Scheduled Legislator Meetings ~ Lunch ~ Community Partner Resources

12:00 PANEL: Evidence Based Reading Instruction: So All Can Read
1:00 Pre-Scheduled Legislator Meetings

*Program schedule is subject to change to accommodate presenter schedules. Updates will be posted online and registrants will receive email updates about schedule changes.


Your legislators want to hear from you -- they are elected to hear your concerns and take action when warranted. Please schedule all appointments in advance using the links below to locate your legislator. You may also drop by their offices to sign the guest book, take a photo if available, and leave behind a packet of information on dyslexia should they not be available that day.

Part of the program on Feb. 2 includes instruction on how to talk to your legislators along with an easy-to-follow one-page guidance that walks you through the points that need to be iterated. Most importantly though, you are there to tell your personal story in 1-2 minutes about your experience with dyslexia in the public school. Your personal story will illustrate the problem and the one-page Fact Sheets will provide solutions. Dyslexia Story Examples

How to Schedule Meetings

  1. Find Your Legislator: Reach out to your Delegates and Senators TODAY to schedule a visit between 10am and 11am and/or between 1-4pm on Feb. 8. WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR? -- Click upper right-hand corner box after clicking this link!

  2. What to Say: Sample letters and phone scripts

  3. INVITE your Delegate and Senator to attend the Legislator Lunch-and-Learn from 12:00-1:00 -- A lunch buffet will be provided to all attendees so it will be easy to eat lunch and listen to invited experts talk about next steps for Maryland. A link to a printable invite will be available in the "Sample Letters" packet linked in #2.

  4. LEGISLATOR MEETING HELP/DATABASE: Once you've scheduled your meetings, please click here to let DDMD know with whom you will meet and to request someone from DDMD attend your meeting/s with you! It's a simple survey to help us help you and to track our legislative outreach. Thank you!


  • Wear RED: Red symbolizes turning the negative impacts of red ink on spelling and writing assignments into the positive energy of advocacy.

  • Try to make appointments with your legislators at least 2 weeks before Feb. 8 to be sure to get on their busy calendars. Often a legislator can schedule an appointment at the last minute so please don't be afraid to call or email your request at any time.

  • Write your story and bring it with you: Examples

  • Plan out your parking (scroll down for more information)


Please email DD-MD and we will deliver an information packet to your legislator. Be sure to include your mailing address, name and email so we can leave the contact information behind as well. It is customary to "drop-by" and leave information for elected officials.


Public Buildings Map and Parking Options -- If you park at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium to take the shuttle, the cost is $4 round trip and $5 to access the parking lot at the stadium. The shuttle requires exact change in cash. Leave at least 30 minutes to park, catch the trolley and ride to Lowe House Office Building. There are also a number of parking garages within walking distance to the Lowe House Office Building and Gott's Parking Garage is the closest on Taylor Avenue.

All attendees must pass through building security and should allow about 10 minutes (or more) depending on the line to get in the building. Please have a photo identification ready. The entrance to Lowe House Office Building is on the side of the building on Bladen Street, middle door and there is no parking on Bladen Street.




For Fact Sheets on dyslexia and other topics, please visit our website at


If you would like to attend as a community partner, please contact Jaclyn Paris at

Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC)

Baltimore Lab School

bowman educational services, Inc.

Cardinal Reading Strategies

Creative Learning Experiences

Educational Learning and Training

Glenwood Academy

International Dyslexia Association, Maryland Branch (IDAMD)

Jalen McNeely - Photographer

Jemicy School

Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C.

Law Offices of Nicole Joseph

Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers

Loud Voices Together

Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)

NeuroBehavioral Associates


Right To Read Maryland

The Attention Fix Educational Consulting, LLC

The Highlands School

The Odyssey School

The Siena School

Wye River Upper School

The Mindset Center

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Rooms 170 & 180

Annapolis, MD 21401

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