Welcome to Decoding Dyslexia TN! We are so glad you found us. You are not alone. We are a Tennessee Non-Profit driven by Tennessee families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia our schools. We hope that you will use this website to learn more about Dyslexia, to stay up to date on what is happening with Dyslexia in Tennessee and to connect with other families across our state to get your questions answered about how to best advocate for your child. We are here to support each other and to grow our voice to make change.
PLEASE DIG INTO OUR SITE. We have tons of information about What Dyslexia Is, What Dyslexia Looks Like, How RTI2 and Dyslexia Screeners work in Tennessee, the 504 and IEP Process in Tennessee, Articles and Resources and so much more!
PLEASE DONATE! Please help us raise money to pay for events and advertisements to help spread the word about Dyslexia to parents and teachers across the State of Tennessee. Every bit helps us help you. Please donate $5, $500 or any amount in between to help the 20% of Tennessee children who struggle with Dyslexia. Learn more at our Donate Now page.
Decoding Dyslexia TN was founded on October 31st, 2013 when five strangers seeking answers about dyslexia met online and decided to start a Decoding Dyslexia chapter in Tennessee. Since that time Decoding Dyslexia has grown in Tennessee and has made great strides in advocating for Dyslexia Legislation in Tennessee and in raising awareness about Dyslexia across our great state. Recently, we have become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! We are so excited for our new phase!
Currently, Decoding Dyslexia TN has 7 active co-leaders:
Julya Johnson – President. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-TN, a parent of two children who have dyslexia, an AOGPE Associate Level Certified, and published blogger on Diary of a Deelexia Mom, The Mighty, and Grammarly. Follow her on Twitter at @DeelexiaMom. She lives in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
Sarah Lightner – Vice President. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia and former homeschooling parent using the Barton System. She is also a small business owner and community volunteer. She lives in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
Anna Thorsen – Secretary. She is a parent of a middle school daughter with dyslexia and she was diagnosed with dyslexia herself at age 27. She is a member of Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council and is a Dyslexia Speaker at venues like Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology and the TNIDA’s 2018 RISE Conference. Visit her website Dyslexia-Untied or follow her on Twitter at @athorsen16. Her children attend Metro Nashville Public Schools. She lives in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
Suzanne Roberts – Director-At-Large. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia. She homeschool and owns a small business. She has dyslexia herself and did not become a proficient reader until adulthood. She lives in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.
Lori Smith – Director-At-Large. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia. She co-wrote Tennessee’s 2016 Say Dyslexia Law. She currently is a small business owner, an education advocate and a community volunteer. She lives in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee.
Melissa Tackett – Director-At-Large. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-TN, a parent of a child with dyslexia and a former public school 3-5th grade teacher. She is currently a Certified Academic Language Therapist at Hoover Learning Group trained in Wilson, Slingerland, and SMILA. She lives in Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee.
Eileen Miller – Member. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia- TN, a member of Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council, and the owner/founder of Ignite Dyslexia Awareness. She is the parent to a high school daughter with dyslexia and works as an Orton Gillingham tutor and education advocate. She lives in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.
Disclaimer: Remember, we are 100% volunteer and grassroots. While some of the founders have separate professional businesses that you are welcome to reach out to for advice, Decoding Dyslexia – TN, is a Tennessee Non-Profit and is not claiming to be a professional business. Anything you see on Decoding Dyslexia -TN should not take the place of professional, individual advice, which we recommend you seek to answer your specific questions. Nothing contained on this website is intended to provide medical, legal or other professional advice. We are simply parents and others who care about spreading dyslexia awareness.