Capitol Hill

The three student panelists at the Capitol Hill meeting were followed by three experts in learning differences and dyslexia. The first was Lindsay Jones, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Emphasizing the importance of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) in granting those with learning differences equal access to education, she explained the need for early identification for dyslexics — before the child has fallen behind his classmates — and for an environment that’s “least restrictive” for learning. Dyslexics shouldn’t be automatically pulled out of a regular classroom because of their learning difference. Doing so denies them, as we saw with the awardees, the equal access to education they’re entitled to.

Dyslexia: A Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Held at the Philadelphia African American Museum hosted by The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative, Vessels of Hope and The Reading Clinic,Inc., with former US Senator and Ambassador, Carol Moseley Braun and Award Winning Journalist Jeff Johnson, with support from PA State Representatives Stephen Kinsey, Ed Neilson and Cherelle Parker along with the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP and the Philadelphia Black Clergy on February 2014.


  • Featured in a HBO Documentary fill entitled The documentary Journey into Dyslexia; “Great Minds Think Differently” released May11,2011
  • Featured on In Focus with Steve Highsmith on PHL17
  • Featured in Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women, “Honors Edition” 2006
  • Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article entitled  “She Beat Odds to Reach Goal” in 2004
  • Featured in the National News on Black Press in an article entitled “Dyslexia Can’t Halt Woman’s Quest to Learn”-July 13, 2006
  • Featured in the Philadelphia Tribune in an article entitled “Defying The Odds” in 2006
  • Featured in an issues of the Decoder in an article entitled “Woman’s Determination Leads to College Despite Doubts” in November 2007
  • Featured in an issues of “Focus” a News Letter for the Learning Disability Students – 2007
  • Featured in an article online in the online Christian magazine entailed “The Christian Online Magazine” in 2008
  • Featured in Building Confidence Building Lives video from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) now Learning Ally