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Next Steps: Dyslexia Family Networking Forum

Chelsea School | 2970 Belcrest Center Dr, Suite 300, | Hyattsville, MD 20782
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)       Register Here



For a child with a Specific Learning Disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, a knowledgeable parent working behind the scenes is often key to success in school. At this forum, we will share the knowledge you need to be your child’s best advocate and cheerleader.

This program features experts and informed parents who know the challenges parents face trying to “figure it out.”  Just as every learning disability has its unique elements; each family’s journey is also unique.  However, there are laws and resources that can help you find your best path forward.  This program is built to help illuminate this path with shared knowledge and expertise.


Nicole Joseph, Disability Rights Attorney

Learn about your rights throughout the public school special education process including identifying a disability; school system and outside evaluations; developing IEPs; reviewing progress; and options when there is disagreement. This presentation will include specific advocacy strategies for students with learning disabilities.

Nicole provides legal representation for children with disabilities in the special education process from eligibility and IEP development through administrative hearings. She is also the proud parent of an amazing dyslexic child.

Laura Schultz, Parent and Decoding Dyslexia Maryland State Leader

On November 16, 2016, the Maryland State Department of Education issued the long awaited Technical Assistance Bulletin on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia. Learn how to use this document to ensure that your child is identified and receives the instruction and accommodations he or she needs to succeed in school.

Amy Siracusano, Special Educator, Calvert County Public Schools

Amy Siracusano is a Literacy Integration Learning Specialist and a teacher member of Decoding Dyslexia. She has spoken on the topic of foundational reading instruction at the National Title I Conference and North Dakota’s State Special Education and Title I Conference. She is a firm believer in making sure teachers are trained using structured literacy to teach all students how to read. Amy will speak about the importance of teacher training and being a diagnostic and prescriptive teacher of foundational reading skills.

Laurie Moloney, CALT,  DCIDA President

The more severe the dyslexia, the more comprehensive and intensive the intervention typically must be. Learn about specific elements of instruction that can dramatically improve outcomes for severely dyslexic students who struggle even after receiving a targeted intervention, including those considered to be Orton-Gillingham-based.
Laurie is an academic language therapist in private practice serving moderately to severely dyslexic students.

Please bring a brown-bag lunch. 


Chelsea School is located right off East-West Highway (MD 410) in the same building as Staples and Bob’s Furniture, and is right next to the Metro Station. Chelsea is located on the 4th Floor and has its own parking lot. Look for signs that say “Retail Parking” to enter the garage. You will drive all the way up to the fourth floor to park.

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