"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.