FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CA State PTA Adopts Statewide Dyslexia Resolution
San Diego, CA, [May 7, 2016] – The California State PTA voted UNANIMOUSLY in favor of adopting a statewide resolution entitled "Dyslexia: Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools" submitted by San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs with help from Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA).
The resolution recognizes that dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to be better addressed by public schools including the necessity of:
• Teacher training in dyslexia and its warning signs and training in appropriate evidence-based Structured Literacy Instruction (in accordance with the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading);
• Early screening for symptoms of dyslexia in kindergarten through the third grade, with parental notification; and
• To promote knowledge of appropriate accommodations for dyslexic students.
The statewide dyslexia resolution will be submitted for consideration to the National PTA for presentation at its National convention in June 2017.
“Dyslexia has been long overlooked in our public schools and this resolution provides clear direction for action. Every California child with dyslexia deserves the right to read, spell, and work to his or her full potential,” states Marilyn Lucey, President of San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs. “The passing of this resolution is a door of opportunity opening for more children in California, not just children with dyslexia, but children with other outlying learning needs.”
“The CA State PTA’s formal resolution on dyslexia serves as a model for other states. We are grateful not only for CA PTA’s support on this important issue but also for the hard work and dedication of San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs in drafting this resolution and in advocating for dyslexia,” states Tobie Meyer, DDCA State Director. “It has been a pleasure collaborating together on this important initiative.”
A copy of the adopted resolution can be accessed at:
Dyslexia is the single largest learning disability. It is estimated that up to 20% of the overall population displays some signs or symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. In California alone, this means over 1 million of our public school students are at risk of being dyslexic. Without proper identification and appropriate reading remediation, most dyslexic children will never read at grade level. According to the 2015 Nation’s Report Card, 72% of all 4th grade students in California read below grade level.
ABOUT PTA: PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. One of the most important roles of the California State PTA is to create and support laws that improve the lives of all California children. PTA's advocacy efforts center around its core values and resolutions, Resolutions offer official guidance on issues as wide ranging as school-finance topics, health and safety issues, community concerns and more. Resolutions start as issues and ideas of concern to members in units, councils, districts or the California State PTA Board of Managers. These issues are carefully researched and formed into formal resolutions for consideration and adoption by convention delegates. Once adopted, resolutions serve as a basis for action in unit, council, district PTA and California State PTA, including taking support positions on future legislation. For more information contact: Rachel Hurd, firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website at https://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/srvcpta/.
ABOUT DDCA: Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and dyslexia experts concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate, and support students with dyslexia in CA public schools. For more information contact: Tobie Meyer, DDCA State Director at email@example.com, visit our website at www.decodingdyslexiaca.org, or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaCA/
ABILITIES AWARENESS PROGRAM IN ACTION
Tassajara Hills hosts first Abilities Awareness Week
Mission: To create a more tolerant and empathetic learning environment for all students attending schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
How we do it: Through interactive hands-on curriculum aimed at each age group students are allowed to feel the challenges and frustrations that they and others encounter during their school days. Experiencing these challenges both physically and emotionally highlights the coping mechanisms that one may create to get through an ordinary task. Acknowledging that all people have areas of expertise and areas of challenge helps create a safer social environment.
To learn more about the Abilities Awareness Program, please visit: http://www.srvusd.net/AbilityAwarenessProgram
Highlights from the 2016 Special Needs Summer Programs Resource Fair
AROUND OUR COMMUNITY
Events sponsored by other organizations serving special needs children & families
Please note that these events are not sponsored or endorsed by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, but are listed solely for informational purposes. If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area
The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA), located in Danville, started in 1998 to fill a void in services for families who have children born with Down Syndrome. Our mission is to empower, inspire and support people with Down syndrome, their families and the community that serves them, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life.
Down Syndrome is the number one chromosomal disorder. Each year approximately 5000 babies are born in the US to families and there are currently 400,000 people living with Down syndrome. Down syndrome occurs when a person is born with 47 instead of 46 chromosomes due to an extra pair on the 21st chromosome. The extra genetic material results in unique facial and physical features and can bring many medical issues such as hypotonia, hearing and vision loss, heart defects, speech and cognitive delay, gastrointestinal issues, leukemia and more.
The DSCBA currently in its 18 year remains unique as the only organization in the Bay Area serving the specific needs of people all ages with Down syndrome and their families.
At the DSCBA we pride ourselves on taking care of the entire family and the community that serves them with programs focused on education, support, communication, development and abilities.
Going on its 5th year, the DSCBA Educational Alliance reaches 28 Bay Area school districts providing education teams free training, a lending library of research based materials and communication technology, on going support and access to experts in many areas.
Our Medical Alliance program is currently connected to 39 Bay Area Hospitals offering training and materials to medical professionals ensuring families receive up to date information about Down syndrome at diagnosis and delivery.
The DSCBA also offers a summer Communication/School Readiness Program for children attending preschool to first grade who have limited ways of verbally expressing themselves. The program works to develop communication, literacy and other skills needed to participate and learn alongside their peers and provides consultation and on going support to their fall school teams.
We have classes for children of all ages and adult social classes in 4 locations throughout the Bay 4 days a week. You will also find Speech and Music Therapy, Reading Tutoring, AAC services, Early Expression classes for new parents, Grandparent support groups and much more.
Each year we host many events, both community and fundraising focused. The DSCBA is not government funded, so we work very hard to secure funds to keep the doors open.
Our 2 main fundraisers are an annual spring Gala which is a magical night of auctions, dinner, dancing and fun to be held on May 21st 2016 at the Diablo Country Club. We also host a Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and Picnic each October during National DS Awareness Month. This year we welcomed almost 1000 attendees including 175 volunteers from the community.
If you would like to get involved with the DSCBA call us at 925-362-8660 or visit our website at http://dsconnection.org.
Care Parent Network
What is Care Parent Network?
*We are a one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs
*We help families meet the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs.
*We are all parents of children with special needs ourselves.
What services do we provide? We provide: Family Support and Mentoring, Early Start, Special Education and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, Resource and Referral, Health Care and Mental Health Care Information and Resources, Teen Transition to Adult Life, Early Education Council (Resource for Professionals), Community Involvement, and Advocacy Information.
Pleasanton PTA Special Needs Committee
The Pleasanton Special Needs Committee (SNC) understands that all students possess great abilities and all face different challenges. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of students with special needs by being a valuable resource for our
We broadly define “special needs” as applying to any child with a learning or processing difference, physical disability, cognitive delay, speech & language delay, social or emotional difficulty, behavioral challenge or food allergy, as well children who are gifted learners.
We sponsor evening speaker events with well known local authorities on topics such as learning and behavioral challenges, anxiety in children and teens, ADHD, understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, and the ways to build a successful collaboration between parents and schools.
We strive to foster positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spread awareness of the different abilities throughout our community.
We are comprised of dedicated parent volunteers from schools throughout Pleasanton as well as administrators from the Parent Liaison and Special Education departments.
Contact the Special Needs Committee: email@example.com and for more information on Pleasanton SNC events please visit https://sites.google.com/a/pleasantonpta.org/snc/events
City of San Ramon Therapeutic Recreation
The City of San Ramon offers a variety of therapeutic recreational programs for children and adults with special needs. Please visit their website at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/therapeutic.htm
RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled)
Sponsored by the Town of Danville. The program provides a range of activities from meals out at local restaurants, bowling, trips to the theater, basketball, and baseball games for people with disabilities ages 15 and up. These activities are on Friday nights and Saturdays. For a detailed schedule and registration form, go to the Town of Danville Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.
Special Olympics offers numerous sports programs throughout the year, free of charge to athletes. In order to participate, the athlete must have a current application/medical form on file with Special Olympics. The application form is valid for three years. If you would like to register your child or find out if your application is still on file, email http://firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 944-8801.
Special Olympics Sports – San Ramon Parks and Community Services Registration
The City of San Ramon together with Special Olympics Northern California provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for persons eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. All sports training and competition opportunities are free for Special Olympic Athletes. Special Olympic medical forms must be on file prior to the first day of training. Sports offered include basketball, bocce, swimming, bowling. Through games and activities our athletes will build self-esteem, develop motor skills, learn proper stretching and basic rules of the sports. The program is a collaboration between the Parks and Community Services Department and the CSU East Bay Recreation Department. www.sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/recreation_guide/index.htm
Fair Chance for Special Needs
Fair Chance for Special Needs is a non-profit organization run by Special Education professionals. The program is fee based and classes will be held at various locations within the San Ramon Valley School District. This after school enrichment program offers state of the art curriculum in the areas of social and communication skills, community based education, independent living skills, recreation and sports, music and dance, arts and crafts, and cooking and culinary skills. For more information, please call 866-417-1092 or email: email@example.com or visit: www.fairchanceforspecialneeds.org