In April 2012, Donegan Burns launched the Dyslexia Testing and Intervention Grant to equip schools, afterschool programs, and children’s organizations for early testing and intervention of children at risk for dyslexia.
1 in 10 Americans has dyslexia. 80% of people diagnosed with a learning disability have dyslexia, however current education practice and budget shortfalls mean at risk students often fall behind – up to three years – before receiving help. Children who fall behind may suffer bullying, lose confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately drop out of school. The goal of the program; test for dyslexia as early as possible, provide appropriate instruction and teach children to read before they fall behind.
The grant provides $12,000 for dyslexia testing and intervention for children in first through third grades (in schools) and for children ages 5 -15 (in afterschool programs). The cost of technology, materials, and training is covered. Grantees also receive testing and reading intervention software and support valued at approximately $13,000.