Me Too Times Up: #DyslexiaMatters


How did a movement like #MeToo grow into a household name? How did the Me Too advocates move people from complacency to solidarity for their cause? Groups like Decoding Dyslexia should pay close attention to how this grassroots movement took shape because there are lessons to learn if we want to spur action instead of just more talk. Dyslexia Awareness Month needs to move beyond #SayDyslexia. We need to move beyond the “one in five.” If we want the message to resonate with the decision makers in education, we need to connect with the idea and advocate that #Change is better for everyone. Dyslexia just won’t matter until there is a reason to make it matter to a wider audience.

As long as dyslexia is viewed as “their problem,” the movement won’t have the same impact as social influencers like Me Too. Ashley Judd said at the Oscars ceremony, “The changes we’re witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘time’s up’.” Yes!! Did those words not make you feel like you were that new voice? Did you not want to join this beautiful group, most of whom were dressed for solidarity in black gowns? Did you not want to share your own experience? The world views the Me Too Times Up movement as courageous and righteous. Well, Decoding Dyslexia’s movement is also courageous and righteous, and it needs to matter to everyone.

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