Dyslexia Center of Austin is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization started in May 2014. Our mission is to support the educational, emotional, and social well-being of students with dyslexia and related disorders. We offer multisensory, structured language training for teachers and therapists, provide free after-school dyslexia therapy to students who may not be otherwise served, offer reduced rate evaluation services for dyslexia and other learning differences, promote dyslexia awareness, and connect parents, teachers and the Central Texas community with resources, referrals, and outreach opportunities.
CLIMBING THE LADDER OF READING: Finding Success for ALL Learners
Literacy Conference co-hosted by Dyslexia Center of Austin and Wimberley Dyslexia & Learning Center
Join us in the hill country for a day of learning with International Reading Expert, Nancy Young, and other experts in the field of reading. Using her globally recognized Ladder of Reading Infographic, Nancy will address the wide range of ease as children learn to read. She’ll summarize the components of reading instruction so essential for the many children who do not learn to read easily and explain why such instruction offers learning opportunities for children whose reading is more advanced. Registration is Open! Get your ticket today!
Dyslexia Therapist Training Program
Dyslexia Center of Austin (DCA) is in its 5th year of operation and going strong. We continue to train 20+ dyslexia therapists each year who support students with dyslexia in local area public schools, private schools, and as private therapists. To date, we’ve trained over 90 Certified Academic Language Therapists. This means that thousands of students throughout the greater Austin area are receiving Take Flight dyslexia therapy or are Take Flight graduates.
Expanding the After-School Dyslexia Intervention Program to More Locations
DCA is excited to announce that we will be starting a new Take Flight After-School group this September 2019 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area’s (BGCAA) new Home Club. In addition, DCA would also like to start a new Take Flight After-School group at Galindo Elementary in south Austin in the fall. Our goal is to bring dyslexia therapy to children who may not have access to dyslexia therapy in their schools and whose families cannot afford such services.
Walnut Creek Take Flight After-School Program
The Take Flight After-School Program at Walnut Creek Elementary has officially taken off! In partnership with the BGCAA, DCA is providing free dyslexia intervention to five students on their home campus. The students will be graduating in December 2019. The program has been such a success, DCA has been asked to start a new group at Walnut Creek in January 2020. Click here to learn more about the After-School Dyslexia Program.
Austin ISD TEA Services For Students With Dyslexia Grant At Overton Elementary
Dyslexia Center of Austin is collaborating with Austin ISD to provide professional development to PreK-3rd grade educators on best-practices, assistive technology, multisensory/scaffolded instruction, and strengths-drive paths to success for students with dyslexia and related disorders. In addition, DCA is leading parent support/education workshops on how parents can best support their children at home and school.
Austin ISD Dyslexia Middle School Project
DCA collaborated with Austin ISD on their dyslexia middle school project, providing strategic planning, consulting, and training to core subject teachers on how to best support students with dyslexia in their classrooms. Click here to read coverage in the Austin American Statesman.
We took a moment to check in with Austin ISD’s Dyslexia Middle School Project at Covington Middle School, an initiative started in 2016 with the help of Dyslexia Center of Austin in a consulting and professional development capacity. We are very proud of Covington’s exceptional dyslexia team–Aimee Ayers, CALT and 2016 DCA graduate and Dolly Carter, DCA CALT-in-training. Aimee and Dolly currently teach 68 students using the Take Flight program and provide valuable support to classroom teachers on how to best work with their students with dyslexia. Aimee and Dolly collaborate weekly to review lessons, share successes and concerns, and problem-solve, in order to enhance their student’s learning experiences. We are so proud of all the work they do to support their middle school students and campus.
Growing Outreach Program
As part of our mission, Dyslexia Center of Austin is dedicated to providing outreach and education to parents and educators. Kelly O’Mullan presented at the 2018 and 2019 Central Texas Dyslexia Conference on strength-based parenting support. Kelly O’Mullan and Tara Cevallos frequently consult with schools, families, and dyslexia parent groups on how to best support their children with dyslexia. Dyslexia Center of Austin will also be presenting to UTeach pre-service teachers, discussing how dyslexia can impact the educational, social, and emotional well-being of children with dyslexia and how to best support their students in the classroom.
After-School Dyslexia Therapy Program
Dyslexia Center Austin, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, offers free dyslexia therapy to students who do not have access to dyslexia intervention during the school day and/or whose families otherwise cannot afford such services.
DCA needs your help to bring this program to more students. We’re seeking cash and silent auction donations for our upcoming annual fundraiser with the goal for the upcoming event is to raise $20,000 to fund a 2-year program to provide dyslexia therapy to Austin-area students in an after-school community setting. Your donation will help us raise these much-needed funds, which will be used to pay for teacher and student materials, classroom furniture, and salary for a Certified Language Therapist to provide instruction.