1. To establish legislation specific to recognizing and remediating dyslexia to include:
- Compulsory assessment for dyslexia in Kindergarten, no later than the end of Grade 1
- Immediate and mandatory provisions of evidence-based, dyslexia-specific interventions that are explicit, systematic and cumulative to all Canadian children with dyslexia.
- Mandatory training for primary educators in dyslexia-specific interventions.
2. To partner with professional organizations, experts and advocates to drive systemic change.
3. To educate and engage the Canadian public concerning the discrimination faced by children with dyslexia in our public schools.
What you need to know
It's simple, our Canadian education systems handle children with dyslexia in a hit and miss basis, mostly miss. Students are not assessed for dyslexia in Kindergarten despite the fact that it is identifiable with 92% accuracy at the age of 5 1/2. Across Canada, it is common for formal testing to be delayed until Grade 3 at the earliest and normally in Grade 5 or 6, which is far too late.
Elaine Keenan immigrated from Ireland in 2008 with her family. The Keenan's lived in Vancouver, B.C. initially and moved to Toronto, Ontario in 2011. Elaine is the mother of four children, three of whom have been identified as having dyslexia.
Elaine joined the board of the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in 2012, and in May 2015 she was elected President. Elaine is also a founding member of Dyslexia Canada.
Given Elaine’s personal experience seeking services and advocating for her own family, she understands what needs to be done in Canada to better service the needs of Canadians dealing with dyslexia.
Annette Sang is the founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Ontario and is the mother of three outstanding children with dyslexia. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree and is a former Ontario Public Servant where she held senior policy positions at The Ministry of Community & Social Services and The Ontario Human Rights Commission. She is passionate about helping families to best support the education and success of their children with dyslexia.
Keith is a retired executive of the TD Bank and is dyslexic. He is also retired from a number of corporate and volunteer boards. He is past chair of the Ontario Judge's Pension Board and an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
Mr. Bruce is a Canadian entrepreneur founding eight companies over the past two decades. As someone with Dyslexia he understands the challenges that kids with Dyslexia face early on in their educational and throughout their lives. Stuart is currently Chief Executive Officer of FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada and an active member of the insurance industry in Canada.
In 1995 Stuart obtained an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and in 2001 obtained a Chartered Accountant’s designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Stuart has been a member of the Canadian National Sailing Team competing at the national and international level and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Sailing Team for the 1992 games.