Demystifying Dyslexia Conference: February 8th 2020

Millersville University will host the second Demystifying Dyslexia Conference to bring resources pertaining to dyslexia to teachers, future teachers, parents, people with dyslexia, advocates, administrators, and allies. We hope to see you there!  Child care will be available. DDMU20        Instagram: @ddc_mu


Registration is required. A small fee ($10 per credit) will be charged for those desiring CEU or Act 48 credits.

  • Registration for those who do not need credits: Ticket Portal
  • Registration for those who want CEU or Act 48 Credits: Ticket Portal for Credits


8:15 Coffee and Registration with Info Tables

  • Information about Educational Opportunities at Millersville (Rich Mehrenberg)
  • Online, Virtual Tutoring (Lauren Maffett, Rachel Moore)
  • Decoding Dyslexia PA (Anne Edwards, Rosette Roth)
  • Decoding Dyslexia Virginia and PBDQ (Rebecca Warner)
  • Dyslexia & Literacy Network (Daphne Uliana)
  • Children’s Dyslexia Center (Heather Hinkel)
  • The Janus School (Janet Gillespie)
  • Office of Learning Services – Accommodations and Kurzweil at Millersville University (Julianne Browne)
  • Dyslexia Interest Group Sign-up (Sara Page Stinchcomb)

9:00 Welcome
Ms. Sara Page Stinchcomb, Millersville University Student and Advocate for People with Dyslexia

9:05 Organization of the Events
Dr. Jill Craven, Chair of English

9:10: Understanding the Challenges of Dyslexia and Working to Create Opportunities for Access
 Dr. Janet Josephson, Associate Professor of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education (EMEE), Millersville University

10:00 Dyslexia
 Ms. Sara Page Stinchcomb, Millersville University Student

10:15 Break

10:30 From Dyslexia Identification to Getting Services: A Testing to Teaching Model
Dr. Margaret Kay

 LUNCH and KEYNOTE ($12, GORDINIER HALL–Free for MU Students with ID)

  • 12:00 Lunch: Gordinier Hall, Lehr room
  • Keynote Panel: Creating and Structuring Advocacy in PA–Making a MovementAngela Kirby (PaTTAN), Daphne Uliana (Dyslexia and Literacy Network), Rebecca Warner (PBDQ, Decoding Dyslexia Virginia), and Hollie Woodard (Decoding Dyslexia Pennsylvania); Moderator, Jill Craven (Millersville University)


 2:00 Breakout Session I (Stayer Hall)

  1. Experiences of Learning with Dyslexia (Audience: 7)
    The Janus School Students
  2. Technology for People with Dyslexia (Audience: 7)
    Hands-on Demonstrations
  3.  Advocacy Workshop for People who Care about Dyslexia Legislation (Audience: 7)
    Hollie Woodard (DDPA) and Daphne Uliana
  4. “Supporting People with Dyslexia in Math, Science, and Non-Language classes” (Audience: 7)
    Dr. Janet Josephson
  5. “What to do if your Child shows signs of Dyslexia” (Audience: 2, 3, 4, 5)
    Dr. Margaret Kay

3:00 Breakout Session II (Stayer Hall)

  1. PA Act 69 Update/Results (Audience: 2, 3, 4, 5)
    Angela Kirby, Director of PaTTAN
  2. Dyslexia in PA –The on-going battle over the “D” word.  (Audience: 7)
    Dr. Margaret  Kay; Lauren Maffett M.Ed; Rachel Moore, MD
  3. IEP 101: Proven Strategy to Get the Support Your Child Needs
    Hollie Woodard
  4. Orton-Gillingham in the Classroom (Audience: 2, 3, 4, 5)
    The Janus School
  5. Dyslexia plus ADHD and/or Anxiety – Now What? (Dr. Sarah Haas) (Audience: 7)

 4:00   Breakout Session III  (Stayer Hall)

  1. Regional Offerings for Tutoring  and the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Lancaster (Audience: 7)
    Heather Hinkel, Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center
    Lauren Maffett, M.Ed.; Rachel Moore, MD; Lancaster Reading Solutions
  2. Dealing with Dyslexia as an Adult–Group Discussion (Audience: 6)
    Kevin Ghaffari, M.Ed;  Abby Rissinger
  3. Raising Faith (Audience: 7)
    Dr. Stacey Irwin and Faith Irwin
  4. Advanced Phonics Presentation  (Audience: 3)
    The Janus School
  5. Advocacy Planning (Audience: 7)
    Jill Craven (Millersville), Angela Kirby (PaTTAN), Daphne Uliana (Dyslexia and Literacy Network),
    Rebecca Warner (PBDQ, Decoding Dyslexia Virginia), and Hollie Woodard (Decoding Dyslexia Pennsylvania)

4-5:30 pm Stayer Refreshments and Advocacy Planning

 Audience Key:

  1. Students
  2. Parents
  3. Teachers and Future Teachers
  4. Counselors
  5. Administrators, Advocates and Attorneys
  6. Adult Dyslexics
  7. Everyone

Sponsored by
Millersville University’s Department of English,
The College of Education and Human Services,
and The School of Social Work