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 & Literacy:
A Civil Rights Issue for Our Time

Dyslexia crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and with proper instruction and accommodations, it can be remediated. Considering the struggles and marginalization of many dyslexic children--and those children who remain undiagnosed--and the shared vision for a more inclusive and innovative world, it seems natural to reframe dyslexia as a civil rights issue of today.

Hear from scientists, community leaders, and prominent dyslexics on the issues confronting dyslexics in the muliticultural community--and learn how you can help.

Yale University • August 4th & 5th, 2013

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Invitees will receive an email containing a link to an online registration form.

There is no charge to attend this event.

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Union League Cafe, 1032 Chapel St, New Haven, CT

    6:00 pm    Meet & Greet
     7:00 pm    Dinner Program: "Dyslexia & Literacy: A Civil Rights   Issue for Our Time" - (Speaker TBA)t

Monday, August 5, 2013
Yale University — Linsly Chittenden Hall
63 High Street, New Haven, CT

 8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast, Registration
 8:30 - 9:00

Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
Peter Salovey, Ph.D. President, Yale University
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX
Keith L. Magee, Th.D.

 9:00 - 10:15 "The Paradox of Dyslexia: Slow Readers, Out-of-the Box Thinkers"
Drs. Bennett & Sally Shaywitz
Co-Directors, Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
 10:15 - 10:20"Opening the Box for Dyslexia"
Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-LA
Co-Chair, Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
 10:20 - 10:30Break, refreshments served
 10:30 - 10:45 Screening: The Big Picture (excerpt)
 10:45 - 12:00 "The Dyslexia Journey for African-American Students"
Moderator: Brenda Armstrong, M.D.
Associate Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Panelists: Dyslexic Children and Youth
 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with Special Conversations
 1:15 - 2:30 "Got Dyslexia? You're in Good Company?"
A Panel of Successful Adult Dyslexics on How They Navigated Dyslexia—and The System
 2:30 - 3:00"Getting Out of the Box Together: Our Call to Action"
Keith L. Magee, Th.D., YCDC-MDAI
& Sally Shaywitz, Co-Director, YCDC

Ivy League Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Study at Yale, in the heart of the Yale campus within easy walking distance to the conference venue and New Haven's top restaurants, theaters, retail and shopping. The Study is located at:

1157 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT.

The Study is a new boutique hotel offering unparalleled service, style, and comfort in the New Haven area. Its mission is to provide comfortable, contemporary living to the cultured consumers and visitors of Yale University.

Standard guestrooms feature a comfortable leather reading chair with ottoman, extended work surface, lofty feather bed, seersucker robes, glass-enclosed shower, flat screen television, and complimentary wireless high-speed internet.

To book your room, click here.

In addition to the rooms booked at The Study, we have also reserved rooms at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, located at 155 Temple Street in New Haven--about 3 blocks from the conference location. You can book your room by clicking here. You must book by July 12 to receive the special conference rate.


Park your car at your hotel (valet parking available) or at nearby garage. All conference activities are within a few blocks of either hotel. Click here to see a map of the area.

Travel by Air or Rail

Bradley Airport, Connecticut's major airport, is located in Hartford, CT, about a 45-minute drive north of New Haven. Taxi fares to the Yale campus are approximately $90.00. CT Limo also offers services to stops around the Yale campus. Click here for more information. Tweed New Haven is a small regional airport, located a short distance from the Yale Campus. It is serviced by US Airways Express with flights to and from Philadelphia. Click here for their flight schedule. New Haven is an easy train ride from Washington D.C., New York, or Boston. New Haven's Union Station is located at 50 Union Ave. It is serviced by MetroNorth and Amtrak trains. The location of the conference sessions, as well as the hotel and the restaurant for the August 4th dinner, is a quick cab ride from the station--and the cabs are always available in front of the station.



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?

To name just a few: leading dyslexia experts and Yale professors Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz; Yale University President Peter Salovey; Congressman and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, Bill Cassidy, R-LA; Community Leader Keith L. Magee, Th.D.; and a panel of successful dyslexics.


Where will it be held?

Yale University. Linsly Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, New Haven, CT.


How long will the conference last?

The conference is one full day (August 5th) with a welcome reception and dinner the night before (August 4th).

The reception and dinner will be held at the Union League Cafe, which the Zagat Guide has named "Best Restaurant" year after year. The Union League is located at 1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.


Where can I stay in New Haven?

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Study at Yale Hotel, a boutique New Haven hotel in Connecticut offering an experience in service, style, and comfort unparalleled in the New Haven area. The Study is located at 1157 Chapel Street, just a few blocks away from the conference location.

Click here to book your room.

What is the cost to attend the conference?

There is no charge to attend the conference or the welcome reception and dinner, but you will be responsible for your own travel and hotel expenses.


How do I register?

Attendance is by invitation only. Invitees will receive an email containing a link to an online registration form.


Where can I get more information on the conference?