MDAI at The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Education for all is the civil rights issue of today. We need to improve literacy levels in the multicultural community through increased education and awareness of dyslexia, the most common reading disability.

Dyslexia & the Achievement Gap:
A Civil Rights Issue for Our Time

MDAI at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Friday, October 18th, 2013, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Honorary Co-chairs:
    Albert & Audrey Ratner
    Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
    Mayor Frank Jackson


  • - Drs. Sally & Bennett Shaywitz, Co-directors, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
  • - Rev. Dr. Keith L. Magee, YCDC Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative
  • - Panel discussion, moderated by Jeff Johnson, D.C.-based award-winning journalist, social activist & political commentator with:
  • • Coach Ted Ginn, Founder, The Ginn Academy
  • • Dr. Richard Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education
  • • Mary Jo O'Neill, President, Northern Ohio Branch International Dyslexia Association
  • • Natasha Slater, Student, Cleveland Public School

Cleveland State University, Fenn Tower Ballroom
1983 East 24th Street , Cleveland, OH 44115

Fenn Tower is located at the Northeast corner of East 24th Street and Euclid Avenue.

Valet Parking will be provided at the entrance to Fenn Tower on East 24th Street.

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Why should I attend this conference?

As policy makers, educators, and community leaders, you can help make the changes that will empower dyslexics to succeed. You can be the difference in helping struggling readers go from being "at-risk" to thriving and productive.

Who will be speaking?

Leading dyslexia experts and Yale professors Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, Rev. Dr. Keith L. Magee, and a panel of educators, dyslexia advocates and dyslexic individuals.

Where will it be held?

Cleveland State University, Fenn Tower Ballroom

How long will the conference last?

The discussions will last 2 hours.

What is the cost to attend the conference?

There is no charge to attend.

How do I register?

Where can I get more information on the conference?

Email Angela Woodson at