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:

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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 ahallquist@decodingdyslexia-mo.org.  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!  

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