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Helping Alabama’s Dyslexic Children

For help contact us at:
ALABAMA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION
Mailing:
P.O. Box 101235
Birmingham, AL 35210-1235
Physical:
2081 Alton Rd. Suite C & D
Birmingham, AL 35210
(205) 957-2424

A 501(c) 3 Charity

ALABAMA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION

Our Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of dyslexic children in Alabama by assisting them in achieving their highest potential.

All services provided by Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation are free. However the services we can offer are limited by funding.  The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation is funded by Scottish Rite Masons in Alabama and Friends of the Foundation.

If you would like to contribute to these efforts, your tax-deductible contributions may be made by using the link above or mailing them to:

Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation
2081 Alton Rd. Suite C & D
Birmingham, Al. 35210
(205) 957-2424

ALL contributions are appreciated!

For more information see our website:  Alabama Scottish Rite Learning Centers

Or contact your local Scottish Rite Office:

Birmingham (205) 957-2424
Dothan (334) 792-5388
Huntsville (256) 539-1300
Mobile (251) 476-5300
Montgomery (334) 277-8109
Shoals Valley (256) 757-4727

To assist school districts in the identification and remediation of dyslexic students, the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation offers the following free services:

  1. Ongoing teacher in-service training

  2. Training teachers to identify and work with dyslexic students in the classroom.

  3. Training on screening for dyslexia

The services of Dr. Denise Gibbs, Director of the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation Learning Centers, are available for teacher training. Email: gibbsdenise@aol.com

The response to these offerings has been very positive as schools search for ways to effectively meet the special needs of student with dyslexia.

Scheduled activities can be seen on the web site: Alabama Scottish Rite Learning Centers

Dyslexia screening is also available (as resources permit). Request an Evaluation

The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation teacher-training program gives priority to the public school teachers who will be responsible for establishing remedial classes in school systems across the state.

There are children with bright, intelligent minds who are failing because they have dyslexia. Casts and crutches are not in evidence, but the learning disability’s effects can be every bit as devastating as those of a physical challenge. An estimated 10 percent of the population has difficulty with symbols of written language, including reading, reading comprehension, writing and spelling. Without help to overcome this disability, these children will lose their self-esteem, often drop out of school and, ultimately, fail to realize their full potential.

Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • Lack of awareness of sounds in words – sound order, rhymes, or sequence of syllables.
  • Difficulty decoding words – single word identification.
  • Difficulty encoding words – spelling
  • Poor sequencing of numbers, of letters in words, when read or written, e.g.: b-d, sing-sign, left-felt, 12-21.
  • Problems with reading comprehension.
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts in written form.
  • Delayed spoken language.
  • Imprecise or incomplete interpretation of language that is heard.
  • Confusion about directions in space or time (right and left, up and down, early and late).
  • Difficulty with handwriting.
  • Difficulty in mathematics – often related to sequencing of steps.
  • Problem may be hereditary