RSVP now for Hill Day on February 19, 2020 to Support SB966 the “Reading Success” Bill!

Join us on February 19, 2020 in Jefferson City, MO for our annual DDMO Hill Day event.  We will be promoting SB966 , the “Reading Success” bill filed by Senator O’Laughlin, which will require schools to provide appropriate remediation to children with dyslexia and reading difficulties.  Come and meet your Legislators, other DDMO members, and enjoy a free lunch sponsored by Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning  at Madison’s Cafe!   We encourage you to bring your children to show your Legislators who we are advocating for!

We all know that advocacy plays a large role in determining how our students are addressed in public schools.  Advocacy at the school level in IEP meetings, at the district level in School Board meetings, and at the State level directly with Legislators.  We encourage you to give your student the chance to advocate for themselves directly with their Legislators and make a meaningful impact on public education.  Many of our youngest DDMO members and their parents have found DDMO Hill Day very rewarding.  Here are some of the comments we have received from parents in previous years:


The Hallquist Family with Senator Tony Luetkemeyer

“Last year was a turning point for my son talking to legislators about dyslexia. Knowledge is power.”

“This was a great experience for both of us to advocate and make connections.”

“My daughter takes real pride in the fact that because she shared her story about her struggles with dyslexia it played a part in passing the new dyslexia law!”

We understand if your child would not be comfortable with speaking directly for themselves, but even taking part and listening to parents or others advocate for them can be very positive and beneficial for them to hear!  

Below is the itinerary with planned events and opportunities for you to meet your Legislators and help Support SB966, the “Reading Success” bill.  This is a wonderful way to connect with DDMO Members from around the State.

9 am – 12:30 pm Rotunda Table Hours — Our tables will be located on the third-floor rotunda area on the House side. Check-in and collect name tags and other items for yourself and members of your family before heading off to meet your Legislators. (We will be distributing “Talking Points” about important information to discuss in advance via email and on our Facebook and website pages that you can print at home for your use when speaking with your Legislators.) DDMO Leaders from around the State will be on hand to answer questions and provide encouragement.

1 pm – 2 pm DDMO Member Luncheon sponsored by Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning Join us at Madison’s Cafe to meet and socialize with other DDMO members from around the State. There will be members of the legislature, Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia members and DDMO members on hand.

Optional Tour of The Capitol. If you would like to take a quick tour of the Capital while you are there, you can stop by the tour desk on the first floor of the Capital. They last approximately 45 minutes. More information can be found here. You can also peruse the Missouri State Museum also found on the first floor, with or without a tour guide.

Safe Travels Home! Hopefully, you will be enjoying a safe and relaxing ride back home knowing that you have participated in creating new and meaningful legislation for the dyslexic students in our State!

We look forward to seeing you in Jefferson City!

*Please Note* One week prior to the event – You can make appointments to meet with your Legislators in their office. You can find contact information for your House Representative here and your Senator here. Appointments are not necessary but, if you would feel more comfortable by scheduling an appointment then please do so. Session and hearing times may not be determined prior to this date and offices may not be scheduling appointments.

If you have any questions about “Hill Day”, please contact  Be sure to RSVP if you can make it.  We look forward to seeing you in Jefferson City!

Thank you to the Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning for the generous support of DDMO and sponsorship of our Hill Day Luncheon!  




Registration Open for DDMO Dyslexia Conference

Join us Friday, October 20, 2017,  for a conference entitled “Establishing Resilience in Youth with Dyslexia” presented by Decoding Dyslexia Missouri in conjunction with Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, MO.   This daylong event of expert advice will address the identification and treatment of dyslexia where we explore not only how to strengthen early identification, treatment, and resources; but also how to focus on building strengths and resilience.

Our national experts will provide information designed to guide the assessment of dyslexia and reading disorders, explore technology supports, as well as provide expert advice on building resilience in youth struggling with dyslexia.  Parents of Dyslexic students will benefit from the information and strategies discussed, as the conference will provide an enhanced understanding of current trends and advocacy for their children.

Registration is $39 for teachers and professionals, $29 for Students or Parents of a dyslexic child.  Seating is limited, so register early here to attend.  Traveling from out of town?  We have special room rates for the conference.  Please see details on the registration page.

Featured Presentations  

Dyslexia:  An Overview, Interventions, and Building Resilience


Kelli Sandman-Hurley, EdD

Dr. Sandman-Hurley, author of “The Dyslexia Advocate” and co-founder of The Dyslexia Training Institute,  will be providing an overview of what dyslexia is, and what it is not.   Dyslexia is not a gift.  It just isn’t.  Students with dyslexia are not going to be successful, creative geniuses because they are dyslexic.  They are going to be successful, creative geniuses because they are resilient, have support from community and family, are smart, and like the rest of us found something they love.   The books written about those who are uber successful have super-supportive families or someone in their life who took an interest.  You may be that person.   Throughout the day Dr. Sandman-Hurley will describe what dyslexia is – from symptoms to challenges, to interventions, and finally to building the characteristics that lead to resilience.  She will also provide an introduction to teaching the structure of the English language.

Technology for Students with Dyslexia


John Effinger, MS, CCC-SLP

This session will discuss technology accommodations for students with Dyslexia in the classroom. Alternative text access for reading and writing will be discussed including alternative educational materials (AEM) for students not on an IEP.  In addition, we will discuss computers and tablets that can be used with software and apps to increase access to text and increase written production.

Self Advocacy for the Dyslexic Student


A. Noel Leif, CALT/ICALP

This session will discuss the importance of teaching and encouraging children to have the ability to self-advocate in the classroom setting.  Children need to know how to tell their story effectively and communicate their strengths as well as their challenges and how to ask for what they need to succeed from educators.