Two programs on reading difficulty – intended for parents throughout Delaware County – have been scheduled by the Olentangy Dyslexia Network, according to Melissa Binkley, a parent, ODN board member and an advocate for dyslexic students.
“Reading difficulty, and specifically dyslexia, affect one in five people so we know there are many out there struggling and we want them to know that they are not alone and that ODN is here to help,” Binkley said. “If your child is struggling in any way, then these programs are for you. Information is power in helping your child.”
The first program, scheduled for Monday, April 11, is a showing of the 50-minute film “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” followed by a discussion with a panel of experts. The program will be the Delaware Area Career Center’s South Campus on Columbus Pike, with the film at 6 p.m. and the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m.
The second program, scheduled for Monday, April 18, is a simulation on what it is like to have dyslexia. It will also be at the DACC South Campus, starting at 6 p.m.
Binkley has two children who are affected by dyslexia. Dyslexia is a genetic, language-based disability that is neurological in origin and it affects about 20 percent of the general population, she said.
Binkley successfully applied for grant funding from the Delaware County Foundation for the April events.
ODN started in January 2013 and meetings are intended for parents and students. The meetings are informational and the regular meetings are generally held each month during the school year.
For more information, go online to www.OlentangyDyslexiaNetwork.com.
Information for this story was provided by the Olentangy Dyslexia Network.