A parent-led grassroots organization is striving to get Frederick County, Md. teachers properly trained to teach students with dyslexia, and a local mother and advocate shared her son’s story.
Wyatt Migdal is a seventh-grader at Oakdale Middle School.
When he was a baby, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that has taken him from school to school.
“We went through Infinite Toddler, and they worked with him through speech and language. He progressed to school,” said Marla Migdal, Decoding Dyslexia Frederick Chapter.
Decoding Ddyslexia is a nationwide grassroots organization, and members are advocating for Frederick County Public Schools to have teacher training set in place.
“[We need to] advocate for students and even educators to get the training that they need, so they can work with students,” said Maria.
The organization’s purpose is to legislate, educate and advocate.
Wyatt, who is just 12-years old, went from not being able to speak to interviewing on camera. Some may wonder how he progressed.
“[I hope to be] getting help from my teachers and getting through [with] people I know,” said Wyatt.
The organization’s research shows about 20 percent of students in Frederick County are dyslexic; that’s nearly 8,000 students who are facing dyslexia just like Wyatt.
“We just want the counties to follow what the state is recommending and the task force is recommending. This is what our diverse dyslexic learners need, and they need it now,” said Maria.
Wyatt makes it clear he wants to continue to advocate to give others the hope and courage he had to get through.
“Teachers need training, so kids like me can get help,” he added.
The Decoding Dyslexia Frederick, Md. Chapter will have a meeting Sept. 13 at the Urbana Library at 7 p.m.