Decoding Dyslexia Ontario (DDON) is a voluntary, parent-led movement driven by families who are concerned with the limited access to interventions for children with dyslexia in our schools. Many of us are also dyslexic and have seen the intergenerational effects of unsupported dyslexia in our own families.
DDON began in a coffee shop in 2015 where five mothers, each with a child with dyslexia, shared their journey to find help for their child and then confirmed a desire to help others. Since then, DDON has gained recognition across Ontario and throughout Canada as a leading dyslexia advocacy organization with a significant online presence.
What we do
Our volunteers regularly meet with MPPs, write letters to Ministers of Education, organize events and participate in literacy work with other organizations. DDON volunteers spend countless hours working online and in person with families, helping them access the information that they need to support their children with dyslexia. Most importantly, DDON requested that the Ontario Human Rights Commission examine the discrimination that students with dyslexia face in Ontario public schools. This work resulted in The Right to Read Inquiry, the results of which are expected in June 2021.
Why we do it
Why do we do all of this work? We believe in the possibility of change; that all of this work will one day lead to an education system that views our children not as “disabled” but as capable students with gifts and talents to be celebrated and worthy of investment by our education system.
We do this work because we want to give you, the parents of Ontario, who are going through what we went through, the hope that your child can learn to read and that you are not alone in your journey.
We are part of a global movement advocating for change. We work closely with the International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch and Dyslexia Canada, Decoding Dyslexia chapters across Canada and the US, and dyslexia and literacy organizations around the world.
Decoding Dyslexia families and friends in action
History of the Decoding Dyslexia movement
Decoding Dyslexia began as a parent‐led movement several years ago in New Jersey, USA. Since then, it has grown to include chapters in every state, in five Canadian provinces, and is having influence around the world.