Helping Alabama's Children with Dyslexia!
Supporting schools as they meet the needs of struggling readers including those with dyslexia is the primary function of the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation. We began providing reading assistance, at no cost, to children at the University of Montevallo in 1978 with the establishment of the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders. In 2001, we retained the services of Dr. Denise Gibbs, former professor and Director of the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, and established the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation Learning Centers.
We provide webinars for Alabama educators and for parents to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia. Our professional development webinars target identification and intervention for students with dyslexia and help equip schools in implementation of the Dyslexia Amendments to the Alabama Administrative Code along with the Alabama Literacy Act.
The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation partnered with a wide network of parents, educators and dyslexia advocates to encourage the adoption of the Dyslexia Amendments to the Alabama Administrative Code in 2015. The unanimous adoption of these Dyslexia Amendments by the Alabama State Board of Education on October 8, 2015 marked a new era for children with dyslexia in Alabama public schools. We also worked with parents and legislators to ensure the 2019 adoption of the Alabama Literacy Act.
Our Foundation is in full support of the Alabama Dyslexia Bill of Rights that formed the basis of the Dyslexia Amendments. We believe that all children with dyslexia should be guaranteed their own 3 R’s. Students with dyslexia should be RECOGNiZED through dyslexia-specific screening, should be REACHED through dyslexia-specific intervention delivered in a timely manner, and will then be taught to READ in order achieve their God-given potential.
At this time, we are not accepting requests for evaluations for students suspected of having dyslexia. We are in the process of determining the future direction of our dyslexia philanthropy in Alabama and will share that on our website when it is fully determined.