New Research on Dyslexia Shows Auditory Processing Skills are Key to a Child’s Reading Ability; Fast ForWord Program Addresses Reading Skills and Cognitive Skills Central to All Learning
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — One in 10 people has dyslexia. On average, children with dyslexia aren’t diagnosed until the third grade, after falling behind their peers. The Donegan Burns Foundation is an organization that helps schools, afterschool programs and children’s organizations provide appropriate instruction to prevent and close these gaps. The foundation has selected the Fast ForWord(R) program from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL) as the intervention for its Dyslexia Testing and Intervention (DTI) Grant.
“In our current education system, children at risk for dyslexia often fall two or three years behind before receiving help. These children may suffer bullying, lose confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately drop out of school,” said Bettye Geurin-Burns, president of the Donegan Burns Foundation. “We researched many different programs for children with reading difficulties and found that the Fast ForWord program best met our needs. With Fast ForWord, we’ve seen children advance one or more grade levels in three to nine months of reading intervention.”
The Donegan Burns Foundation’s DTI Grant provides for the implementation of dyslexia testing and intervention for children in kindergarten through grade three in school, and for children ages five to 15 in afterschool programs. Through the grant, children participate in the Fast ForWord online reading intervention 30 to 50 minutes a day, and advance at their own pace. The Fast ForWord program builds reading skills and concurrently develops foundational cognitive skills, like memory, attention, processing, and sequencing, which are central to all learning.
New DTI Grant Recipient
The Donegan Burns Foundation has awarded five DTI Grants to date, the most recent to Foothill Oak Elementary in the Vista Unified School District in California. Foothill Oak Elementary plans to use the Fast ForWord online reading intervention as part of an afterschool program for struggling readers in grades two and three.
“While we’ve been very good at identifying and providing services for students who qualify for special education, we haven’t had the resources to provide individualized attention to students who struggle but do not qualify for these services,” said Dr. Erin English, principal of Foothill Oak Elementary. “We’re excited to receive the DTI Grant and to implement the Fast ForWord program because it will help us meet the needs of students who might otherwise slip through the cracks. By helping children develop their memory, attention, processing and sequencing, we can help them become better learners.”
This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal as a press release on August 15, 2013
The Scholarship Fund-San Antonio EWGA received an extremely generous $15,000 gift from the Donegan Burns Foundation. Deborah Humphries, Board Member, presents the check to EWGA San Antonio Chapter President, Shirley Craig.
The EWGA-SA Chapter Scholarship program significantly helps young girl golfers between the ages of 14 and 18 to continue with the sport of golf and to fulfill dreams. This donation will be used to assist recipients with continued education in golf, equipment needs, travel, etc., with the hope of future college scholarships and even, perhaps one day, a LPGA career.
The EWGA-SA Board of Directors said, “The generosity of the Donegan Burns Foundation has made it possible for our Chapter to continue its mission to help young girls in our community to realize their career goal in golf.”
From left, Donegan Burns Board Member Calvin Nelson, Randy Geurin, Legal Counsel Dan Woodard, (DB) Board Member Liz Vasek-Kane, (DB) President Bettye Geurin-Burns, (DB) Board Member Jennifer Woodard
Boys & Girls Clubs of North County’s Annual Auction and Dinner Gala was held on Saturday, April 27 at Pala Resort Spa and Casino with presenting sponsor Donegan-Burns Foundation. The gala was well attended by 225 guests from the Fallbrook community. The “New York New York” themed event raised over $100,000 in support of Club programs and the 1,500 youth members.
“We are so appreciative of such a supportive community,” said Allison Barclay, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club. “It was amazing to see all of the sponsors and community members willing to contribute to improve the lives of the children in Fallbrook. The Boys & Girls Club is a vital program and we certainly could not provide life changing programs to our members without such dedicated donors.”
ABC Youth( Any Body Can) was founded by the late champion boxer, Archie Moore, more than forty years ago. His son, Billy Moore, continues his famous father’s work helping San Diego’s youth avoid drugs and gangs.
ABC was recently awarded $25,000 from the Donegan Burns Foundation which will help to effectively launch, test, and expand products and services that create stability in literacy. Specifically, this grant will help test and intervene early Dyslexia amongst our participants.
ABC has gained momentum in the diagnostic testing of our students and will also be connecting with our partnered schools and other organizations to secure a minimum of 15 to 20 students per day. We are on target to reach our goal of 300 students this school year, which will certainly make a difference in supporting those youngsters with learning disabilities who may otherwise go undetected and untreated.
The students below are completing an assessment test to determine if they are at risk for dyslexia. For those who are at risk an intervention is administered. Many at risk children learn to read at grade level within months. The program is funded by the Donegan Burns Foundation.
For more information about ABC Youth Foundation, visit their website here.
From left, Jane Oatman, president of the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary (FAS) board of directors, holds a check that was presented by Chris Hawranik of the Bonsall Woman’s Club, to Janet LuCore, director, FAS.
The Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary (FAS) received an unexpected and very generous of $5,000 from the Donegan Burns Foundation on December 29, 2012. The gift was given through the Bonsall Woman’s Club. The monies will go toward the care and feeding of the homeless and abandoned pets in the sanctuary’s care.
The FAS Board of Directors and Volunteers said, ” Without the generosity of the Donegan Burns Foundation, the Bonsall Woman’s Club and others like them we would be unable to operate the only no kill shelter in North San Diego County; they have made it possible, through their donations. to keep our doors open.
Courtesy of The Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News January 10th, 2013
REINS executive director Debbie Shinner, center, accepts donations from Bettye Burns, left, and Donna Kovner.
New sponsors present 16th annual REINS Country Hoedown
– The 16th annual REINS Country Hoedown is just around the corner on Oct. 13th, 2012. The staff at REINS is excited to announce that this year, for the first time ever; they have not only one presenting sponsor but two. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stevens and the Donegan Burns Foundation are the first ever presenting sponsors for this event.
Bettye Geurin-Burns, a Bonsall resident, has known about REINS from her many trips up and down Mission Road. She decided this was the year to make a difference. Bettye came to REINS out of the blue a few weeks ago and recognized immediately how vital the program was to the disabled community. The Donegan Burns Foundation funds organizations who work to help children overcome learning and physical disabilities
This great family event has something for everyone: the annual silent auction full of items from around the world, rockin’ entertainment by The Clay Colton Band, a wonderful dinner by Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, a $1,000 gasoline giveaway, and of course a riding demonstration by some of the students. This year’s demonstration features a father/daughter pas de deux and an equine demonstration led by REINS’ own PATH International, Region 11 Horse of the Year, Fooley.
Tickets prices are: $50/adults, $25/kids (12 and under), $45/military and seniors (62 and up), $20 /military kids and $130/family pack (includes two adult and two kid tickets). Sponsorships are also still available and include a reserved table, hosted beer and wine, and publicity on all materials! Contact Jennifer at (760) 731-9168 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Courtesy of The Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News October 4th, 2012 Issue 40, Volume 16
Foundation offering grant for youth dyslexia testing
September 5, 2012
The Donegan Burns Foundation is offering its Dyslexia Testing and Intervention grant to equip schools and youth programs with early dyslexia testing.
The grant will provide up to $12,000 for dyslexia testing and intervention for children in 1st through 3rd grades in schools and for children ages 5 to 15 in after-school programs. Grantees also receive testing and reading intervention software and support valued at approximately $13,000, according to a news release.
“The Dyslexia Testing Intervention grant from the Donegan Burns Foundation was created so that schools can implement dyslexia testing into the curriculum,” said Donegan Burns Foundation board member Greg Burns. “By starting testing for dyslexia in schools early we can stop the slippery slope of low self esteem and compromised education due to a lack of understanding of the underlying problem.”
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.