Dyslexia United was founded in 2019 by two Minnesota moms. They know firsthand the effects of dyslexia on a young person and their family as they both have a son diagnosed with this silent disability. Due to the lack of accessible resources for dyslexic children and their own fight to get their sons what they need, they were compelled to pay it forward and create a nonprofit that would be dedicated to advocating, supporting and helping others in their dyslexia journey
Dyslexia United was created to help provide funds to families in need of financial assistance for K-12 Minnesota students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and require Orton-Gillingham based tutoring services.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and occurs along a spectrum of severity. It affects an estimated 20% of the population. While many think of dyslexia as a condition that causes people to read letters backwards, there is much more to this learning disability. Typically dyslexia involves difficulty in decoding words and causes a weak phonic awareness that makes it challenging to connect the letters they see to the sounds those letters make. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, as with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge. This language-based processing disorder can impede reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence, laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision. Children and adults with dyslexia have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.