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MISSION

DenCoKID supports and builds our community’s understanding of dyslexia and advocates for improved learning outcomes for all kids.

LITERACY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

 
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ABOUT

DenCoKID is based in Denver, Colorado.

Our group was born out of a statewide organization called COKID, Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia.


We are a grassroots group of mostly families and educators dedicated to matching other families and educators, in Denver County, with supports for individuals with dyslexia; advocating for early identification and the most effective, school-based instruction for kids with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences in ALL Denver schools; and we seek to work collaboratively to increase awareness and educate the community about dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Whether you are a parent/guardian of a struggling learner or you are a teacher wondering how you can help,

DenCoKID is here for you. 

Join us!

 

ADVOCACY & EQUITY

Advocating for school-based screening and early identification of dyslexia 

Promoting the science of reading through structured literacy in all schools

Educating our community about current dyslexia research and learning opportunities

Collaborating with the Denver Public School District and other community partners

Supporting local, state, and federal policy and legislation

PARENT & FAMILY SUPPORT

Common signs of dyslexia at home

Ins-and-outs of an IEP and 504

Success stories and pitfalls

"Look fors" in school selection

Shared-resources for private evaluations and tutors

You're not alone! Join us for our monthly meetings or family-friendly events!

WELCOME EDUCATORS!

Red flags for dyslexia in the classroom

A guide to classroom resources and curricula based on the science of reading

Support in accessing dyslexia research and professional development

COMMUNITY AWARENESS

Did you know...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the population has Dyslexia.

Children have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent has it. And a 100% chance if both parents have it.

Dyslexia is a neurobiological difference in the way the brain processes language.

Individuals with dyslexia do not actually see words or letters backward.

According to the National Institute of Health, dyslexia is identifiable, with 92% accuracy, at ages 5 1/2 to 6 ½.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.

Reading failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders.

As many as 75% of individuals in the criminal justice system have a learning disability. 

Only 37% of teacher preparation programs adhere to principles most effective in dyslexia remediation.

Dyslexia does not equate to IQ or overall intelligence.

Famous dyslexics: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Mohammad Ali, Richard Branson and Octavia Spencer.

 

RESOURCES

DenCoKID is a community, organically formed, by people who have been touched by dyslexia.   Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin which impacts individuals, families, schools, and communities in very different ways. As a group, we share our collective experiences and support each other through our journeys.  There is a dizzying amount of information regarding, education centers, advocates, tutors, legal supports, and intervention, concerning dyslexia.  Some of our favorite starting points to learn more are...

Colorado Department of Education Dyslexia Page

CDE Dyslexia Handbook

The Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Understood.org

Additional information, complied by DenCoKID

 

Upcoming Events

  • DenCoKID Monthly Meeting
    RSVP For Zoom Link
    Apr 15, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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    Join us for our monthly meeting to share resources and discuss progress toward our mission of improved educational outcomes for students with dyslexia in Denver schools.
  • Denver Public School Board Meeting
    https://vimeo.com/event/19525
    Apr 22, 5:30 PM
    https://vimeo.com/event/19525
    Is dyslexia awareness important to your family? Would you like to help prevent other kids from having the struggles your child has experienced? Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community? Come join us in advocating for appropriate literacy supports for our kids!
  • Virtually Dyslexic Simulation
    http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
    Apr 26, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
    Virtually Dyslexic Simulation hosted by the International Dyslexia Association's Rocky Mountain Branch Cost: $15 per registrant Space is limited, so register today! Registration link: http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
  • DenCoKID Monthly Meeting
    RSVP for Zoom Link
    May 13, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    RSVP for Zoom Link
    Join us for our monthly meeting to share resources and discuss progress toward our mission of improved educational outcomes for students with dyslexia in Denver schools.
  • Denver Public School Board Meeting
    https://vimeo.com/event/19525
    May 20, 5:30 PM
    https://vimeo.com/event/19525
    Is dyslexia awareness important to your family? Would you like to help prevent other kids from having the struggles your child has experienced? Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community? Come join us in advocating for appropriate literacy supports for our kids!
  • Virtually Dyslexic Simulation
    http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
    May 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
    Virtually Dyslexic Simulation hosted by the International Dyslexia Association's Rocky Mountain Branch Space is limited, so register today! Registration link: http://idarmb.org/virtual-simulations
 

CONTACT US

DenCoKID’s intent is to help families and educators in creating a web of support with others having similar experiences. This group operates independently of any outside service organization and is not intended to provide medical advice, counseling or any type of medical or educational service.

 
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