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.
Chair, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario and mother to three dyslexic children.
Dr. Nicky Jones-Stokreff
Vice Chair, Physicians of Ontario for Neurodevelopmental Advocacy
Public Affairs Advisor
Senior Marketing and Technology Executive
Reading Specialist & Board Member, International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch
Robert F. Richards
Chair, Healthbridge Captial Management Ltd.
Public Relations Executive (retired)