Dyslexia Project Accomplishments & Sponsors

Promoted Dyslexia Awareness with Community Events

  • Arranged screenings (and filmmaker public appearances) for major dyslexia-themed movies including “The Big Picture” and “Dislecksia: The Movie”
  • Booked and coordinated speaking engagements and related public appearances for dyslexia notables, including John Rodrigues, author of High School Dropout to Harvard, Harvey Hubbel, filmmaker, Victor Villasenor, Pulitzer Prize-nominated novelist.
  • Conducted monthly “Dyslexia Dialogues,” featuring discussions with parents and educators, multimedia presentations, panel discussions with influential community members with dyslexia

Created and Delivered Talks and Seminars

  • Presentations at “Disability Awareness Day” events in elementary and secondary schools, SBUSD Teacher Training days, and to school board members and administrators
  • Presentations at Back-to-School Nights, PTAs, Family Health Fairs
  • Talks to Educational Therapists Association, service clubs, philanthropic organizations    

Media Promoting Dyslexia Awareness

  • Wrote feature articles and op-eds about dyslexia for Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara News-Press, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Seasons magazine and more.
  • In association with The Trailmaster, produced a series of videos highlighting the challenges and opportunities for those with dyslexia, as well as the organization’s art and photography exhibits.
  • Discussed dyslexia on numerous radio stations including K-LITE, KCLU and KZSB, as well as on KEYT-TV news.
  • Active on dyslexia-oriented social media nationally and internationally.

Parent Resource Center for Santa Barbara Unified School District

  • Acquired books and videos, organized lending library
  • Developed reference materials, college resources
  • Promoted PRC as a community hub of information and services
  • Supervised staff to conduct community and social media outreach
  • Held open houses at PRC for parents and community members
  • Consulted with parents to discuss needed services for their children

1 in 5 Photo Project: Making the Invisible Visible

  • Groundbreaking creative photographic approach depicting dyslexia in images and words to inform, inspire, and develop awareness.
  • Research and work with dyslexic community members—from young children to retirees—in all walks of life, income levels and backgrounds to depict the individual and collective experience of dyslexia.
  • Ongoing acclaimed project has been displayed in libraries, bookshops, and dyslexia awareness events throughout Southern California.

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Kirby Jones Foundation

Fotine O’Connor Trust

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Education Foundation

Santa Barbara Unified School District

And to the individual donors who have supported our work