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How the WI Dyslexia Roadmap Came To Be

Dorothy Morrison

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

  • Certified Master Trainer, Orton Gillingham International

  • Literacy Coach, Webster School District, Webster, WI

  • Retired Director of OSU Reading Clinic, Ohio State University

  • Founder, Eagle Point Educational Consulting

  • Advisory Committee Member, Wisconsin Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions

  • Member: The Reading League WI Board of Directors, WI Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, Wisconsin State Reading Association

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

  • Dyslexic Individual, Parent of Dyslexic Children

  • I’m #MadeByDyslexia – expect excellent communication, creative thinking & creative spelling

  • Founder, NDgroup Educational Coaching & Consulting

  • President-Elect, Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin

  • Board Member, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

  • Advisory Committee Member, Wisconsin Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions

  • LearnUp Centers Structured Literacy Certification

  • Community Member, WI 2018 Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia

  • Board Member, Clerk, and President, Somerset School Board

  • Library Media Specialist, Educator, Technology Integration Coach, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Specialist - WI K-12 Public Schools

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

  • LearnUp Centers Structured Literacy Certification

  • Parent of a Dyslexic Child

  • Former PTO President, Anana (formerly Falk) Elementary School, Madison, WI

  • Former Team Leader and Technical Writer at Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, WI

Dyslexia Connection: Nikki's sibling was identified as dyslexic as a teenager, and Nikki is the parent of a child with dyslexia.

A special thank you to The Reading League, Wisconsin for contributing ideas, technical resources, and ongoing encouragement and support.