Literacy is a civil right.
“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be available to all on equal terms" (1954 - Brown vs Board of Education).
"Illiteracy is an enduring disability. The inability to read and write will handicap the individual deprived of a basic education each and every day of his life” (1981 - Plyler v. Doe).
“The right to a basic minimum education – one that can plausibly impart literacy,” is a fundamental right protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (2020 - Gary B. v. Snyder).
Welcome to the Wisconsin (WI) Dyslexia Roadmap
The WI Dyslexia Roadmap is an informational resource designed to empower Wisconsin to:
Embrace diversity, including neurodiversity
Create inclusive learning and work environments
Achieve equity through literacy
Information and resources within the WI Dyslexia Roadmap are designed and selected to increase awareness and understanding of:
How ALL individuals learn to read
How dyslexia and reading difficulties impact individuals
How leaders, parents, and teachers can contribute to reading and writing success for ALL, including learners with dyslexia
The concept of the WI Dyslexia Roadmap was inspired by the Ohio Dyslexia Roadmap. Content was also inspired by many state dyslexia publications, including:
Resources shared within the Roadmap are examples and should not be considered an exhaustive list, official evaluation, or endorsement by the authors.
Creation of the WI Dyslexia Roadmap was initiated by Dorothy Morrison and nine literacy advocates from around the state of Wisconsin. The WI Dyslexia Roadmap is authored, edited, and copyrighted by three of the original volunteers: Nancy Dressel, Nikki McLaughlin, and Dorothy Morrison.
We offer this resource to promote equitable access to learning for all Wisconsin learners, including dyslexic learners, who exist in every demographic and are currently not consistently identified and supported within Wisconsin schools.
As you explore the WI Dyslexia Roadmap, we invite you to:
Find inspiration and lean into the future
Share the WI Dyslexia Roadmap with leaders, educators, and parents, using #WIDyslexiaRoadmap #EmbraceDiversity #BeInclusive #AchieveEquity #EquityThroughLiteracy
Start and engage in ongoing conversations about diversity, inclusion, equity, literacy, and dyslexia
Use the WI Dyslexia Roadmap Equity Through Literacy Reflection Tool to identify policies and practices that are inhibiting or accelerating success and inform strategic planning
Advocate for high impact, evidence-aligned literacy assessment, instruction, and intervention
We believe Wisconsin leaders, parents, and teachers can partner to ensure educational equity and achievement for Wisconsin learners.
Nancy, Nikki, & Dot
Dyslexia Connection: The Dyslexia Connection sections are meant to clarify the relationship between dyslexia and information about reading and literacy.
Podcasts & Videos
Information in the WI Dyslexia Roadmap is supported with additional audio and video resources to extend accessibility. Common text-to-speech features for various web browsers are also suggested at the bottom of each page.
References & Image Citations
References for the content of each page on the WI Dyslexia Roadmap are cited within the text and in the References section at the bottom of each page using APA format.
Image labels are adapted for our audience and a website format, but cited in APA format in the Image Citations section at the bottom of each page.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."
How the WI Dyslexia Roadmap Came To Be
This Roadmap was inspired by a similar Roadmap from Ohio colleagues. I showed the Ohio Dyslexia Roadmap to several friends in Wisconsin. They encouraged the creation of a Roadmap for Wisconsin. Nine people responded to an open email call for volunteers, including Nancy Dressel, Shantese Inman, Katie Kasubaski, and Nikki McLaughlin. Some declined to be listed here, but we express heartfelt thanks to them.
Important ideas and perspectives of all the original volunteers were essential to and are integrated throughout the Roadmap.
The authors of the website proved to be amazingly adept researchers, thinkers, organizers, writers, editors, and graphic designers. The work ebbed and flowed over a year, with different authors picking up various pieces. When one had to take time away, the others kept going. With persistence and devotion to the children, parents, teachers, and leaders who need this information, we forged ahead behind different leaders at different times.
This final product is truly an amalgamation of hearts and minds who wanted to make this Roadmap available to Wisconsin. All of us have worked on the front lines to help children with dyslexia and related disorders achieve their potential. All of us appreciate the love of learning instilled in us by knowledgeable and artful teachers.
Collectively, we represent the experiences of many essential stakeholders - dyslexic learners, typical learners, public/private/homeschool parents, K-12 teachers, educational psychologists, school administrators, school board members, university professors, public and private sector employees, literacy advocacy organizations, and Wisconsin citizens.
We salute all devoted teachers, parents, and leaders who give their best effort, time, and energy to children. We offer this gift to support those efforts and invite comments and suggestions to make this Roadmap even more useful.
My deepest gratitude goes to my colleagues Nancy and Nikki for a joyful, rewarding, continued adventure.
This is a dynamic, organic product! We will continue to update the website and add new topics. We invite your comments and suggestions via email to make this Roadmap even more useful.
Thank you for visiting the WI Dyslexia Roadmap.
Dorothy Morrison - Author & Founder
PH.D, Educational Psychologist, Orton Gillingham Trainer, Literacy Coach, Dyslexia Specialist
Dyslexia Connection: Dyslexia runs in Dorothy's family. She has dedicated her career to literacy and to assessing, instructing, and advocating for individuals with dyslexia. She continues to teach, mentor, and advocate.
Nancy Dressel - Author, Website & Graphic Design
MEPD, Educator, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Specialist, School Board Member
Dyslexia Connection: Nancy is severely dyslexic herself. She was diagnosed as an adult while seeking workplace accommodations to better manage the amount of reading and writing required of her as a Wisconsin educator and a parent. Two of her three children are also dyslexic.
Nikki McLaughlin - Author & Technical Editor
M.A., Technical Writer, Tattum Certified Tutor
Dyslexia Connection: Nikki's sibling was identified as dyslexic as a teenager, and Nikki is the parent of a child with dyslexia.