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Learning Ally, San Diego Public Library partner on 'Empowering Literacy & Learning'

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The San Diego Public Library has invited Learning Ally, the Dyslexia Training Institute, and Decoding Dyslexia to kick off their I Can, Too Discovery Series, a free program of educational presentations focused on disabilities in children, with a session on dyslexia on Thursday, May 29.

The event, titled "Empowering Literacy & Learning," will feature a live question and answer session with a panel of local parents and educators. Author Ben Foss will discuss his book, "The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan," and share his ideas on shifting the focus around dyslexia to strengths instead of shame. Attendees will also be able to participate in a dyslexia simulation that gives an in-depth look at what life is like with the reading disability. Children who accompany their parents will be treated separately to Craig Newton’s "Really Big Show!," a multi-instrumental celebration of songs about following your dreams.

"An estimated one in five Americans has some degree of dyslexia, yet misconceptions about the learning disability are widespread," said Deborah Lynam, the director of parent community engagement at Learning Ally. "Programs like the San Diego Library’s I Can, Too Discovery Series that build the dyslexia support community, put people in contact with local resources, and educate the public will go a long way toward helping families. Learning Ally is thrilled to contribute to the program and to see a wider conversation taking place around children and literacy."

The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Shiley Special Events Suite, Ninth Floor, at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.

Registration is required for this free event. Light refreshments will be served. Call 619-238-6642 or visit tiny.cc/LiteracySDPL to register.

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