“Every child can learn to read!” Ottawa presentation by Nancy Young — Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

Decoding Dyslexia Ontario (Ottawa chapter) Dyslexia Awareness Month event

Are you an educator or parent looking for effective, evidence-based reading instruction to help children who are struggling to “break the code”? Have you heard about structured literacy and want to know more? Then you won’t want to miss this one!


Title: “Every child can learn to read: A brief overview for parents and teachers on what instruction is essential (yet too often missing)”
Presenter: Nancy Young, B.A., M.Ed. (Special Education)
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON (Free parking!)


Nancy Young is a Canadian reading, writing and spelling specialist, and tireless advocate for children with dyslexia. During her Ottawa presentation, she will share her expertise and experience about the need for evidence-based reading, spelling and writing instruction in schools.

👉The event is free; donations are welcome to help cover costs and contribute to Decoding Dyslexia Ontario’s advocacy work

👉Seating is limited, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis — arrive early to ensure a spot

👉Let us know if you’re planning to attend by RSVP’ing to our event listing on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/497629767731566/

Nancy Young’s presentation summary

Although the importance of learning to read gets a lot of attention, countless children are still not mastering this vital skill. Why? Vague provincial curriculums and poor teacher training have left many teachers unprepared to teach the essentials underlying skilled reading. The result?

Struggling students, struggling families, AND struggling teachers. This presentation will:
1) Summarize range of ease when learning to read (irrespective of intelligence)
2) Compare UNbalanced instruction to instruction based on the science of how children learn to read
3) Describe why it is so crucial that students at risk (dyslexia, ELL, impoverished environment…) are systematically taught, from kindergarten up, the structure of the written “code” that represents speech
4) Explain why expanded knowledge of language structure offers valuable enrichment opportunities for advanced readers

Nancy will share examples of teaching strategies, including code-based movement activities,demonstrating how intellectually engaging and fun the learning journey can be for ALL!

About Nancy Young

Nancy Young B.A., M.Ed. (Special Education) is a consultant working with educators and families across Canada and globally, building awareness of the need for, and supporting implementation of, evidence-based reading/spelling/writing instruction. Nancy’s areas of specialty include dyslexia, ADHD, giftedness, and ELL. She is the author of Secret Code Actions™ (Teacher Edition and Parent Edition) and creator of the “Ladder of Reading.” Learn more at her website: www.nancyyoung.ca

About Decoding Dyslexia Ontario

Decoding Dyslexia Ontario is a parent-led, grass-roots movement that is concerned with the limited understanding of dyslexia and the inadequate access to educational identification and interventions for children with dyslexia within our schools across Ontario. Our aim is to raise dyslexia awareness, to empower families to support their children who are dyslexic, and to share best practices regarding identification, remediation and support for students with dyslexia.