Fall 2017
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison
News & Happenings
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!
Fall Session Begins
The Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison started its fall tutoring schedule in September with 53 students participating in our program. We currently have five scholars (tutors in training) who are learning the very successful Orton-Gillingham method used at our Center. Our dedicated volunteer Board of Governors continues to meet monthly to oversee all aspects of our Center, and our Fundraising Committee members are busy planning our fundraising efforts for the year.

Center will be closed October 4th and October 24th. All breaks and tutoring schedules are posted on our website .
Dyslexia Awareness Event Oct. 4th
Please join us for our 3rd annual Dyslexia Awareness event at the the Madison Central Public Library on October 4th at 5:30pm. We will be hosting a guest speaker from Madison College to discuss available accommodations for students with dyslexia, and we will show a movie about understanding dyslexia. Masons, students, parents, and supporters are all welcome. A light meal will be served. Young people 8 and up are especially welcome!
Registrations are not required but are helpful. Register Here

Mark Your 2018 Calendars!

Our annual Ladies Luncheon fundraiser sponsored by the Ladies of Madison Valley Scottish Rite will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Blackhawk Country Club in Madison. The raffle begins at 10:30am; lunch and entertainment at Noon.

And, our 9th Annual Walk for Dyslexia-Madison will take place Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Vilas Park Shelter in Madison. Registration/Check-in begins at 7:30am; walk at 8:30am.

We want to thank our 2017 walk sponsors for helping to make this year's event a success.
Watch for more information on both events!
Funding Spotlights
A grand thank you to everyone for their financial support!

Thank you to every donor and grantor that helps us fulfill our mission. Your collective support enables us to help all children in our community. Because we believe they deserve the opportunity to learn in a way that meets their needs and enables them to succeed, regardless of their family income level, we provide our tutoring services free of charge. Ours is the only program in the community that does this.

2016 - 2017 Grant Awards
Altrusa International of Madison
American Family Insurance
Irwin A & Robert D Goodman Foundation
Madison Rotary Foundation
Madison South Rotary Foundation
Madison West Kiwanis Club Foundation, Inc.
Magic Pebble Foundation
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Steve Stricker American Family Ins Foundation
The Evjue Foundation, Inc.
Wisconsin Masonic Foundation
Where our funding came from this past year
September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017
From the Board of Governors


Can you believe fall is upon us and another Children's Dyslexia Center academic school year has begun. This is our 18th year with great success and continual growth. We have, also, been faced with an ever growing operating budget. However, we are proud to say that the Center is still able to offer this great program to the public free of charge.

Our entire Board of Governors realizes that all of these accomplishments would not be possible without the GREAT SUPPORT it has received from individuals and groups, like yourselves. THANK YOU very much and please continue to be an active supporter of the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison.

Roger G. Nitzsche, Chairman
Board of Governors
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison

What Parents Have Shared

"My daughter Jenna was extremely lucky to be offered tutoring through CDC-M. We will forever be indebted to the Madison Dyslexic Center for twice weekly tutoring for almost two years. She has grown by leaps and bounds in not only her ready/writing skills, but her confidence has soared. She has become an amazing advocate for dyslexia and any disabilities and struggles. We are SO thankful to Jenna's tutors and the staff at CDC-M."

"This experience has been nothing but positive for my son. I can't say enough about it and the wonderful people here."

"This has been a wonderful learning experience. McCray truly enjoys coming. Without this help we feel like he would have been lost this past year. Thanks so much!"
Thank You's
We recognize & thank families who have spoken for our Center.
Chad and Shelly Christianson with the help of American Family Insurance were interviewed and shared their family story. Chad had approached American Family Insurance about the work we do and advocated for this positive light to be cast upon our work.

Thanks to the Christianson's for their support!

Ntl Football League Alumni-Madison Chapter Banquet 2017

The Vestin Family, pictured above, attended the National Football League Alumni Association-Madison Chapter (NFLA) banquet this July. Quentin and Callie Vestin were guest speakers that evening and shared their experiences and success stories with a crowd of over 450 people. The NFLA has been a supporter of our Center for a number of years. We appreciate Callie, Quentin and their family being there for us.
Visit our website to see a collection of photos and information on past events! So many families have supported us over the years!! Thanks to all of you for the support.
Grins, Giggles, and perhaps Groans

Question: What did the Atlantic Ocean say to the Pacific Ocean?

Answer: Nothing. They just waved!
Famous People With Dyslexia
Scientists, artists, architects, astronauts, musicians, engineers, inventors, business leaders, government officials, -- the list goes on and on. Who is YOUR favorite?
One of our favorite people with dyslexia is (drum roll, please)...

It may be hard to believe that one of the most famous entertainers ever was a high school dropout.
Cher struggled with reading all through grade school, and at age 16, she dropped out. Though she found out at age 30 that she had dyslexia, Cher went untested in grade school and her dyslexia was unrecognized—many teachers thought she wasn’t trying.
"I never read in school," Cher said in an interview. "I got really bad grades, D’s and F’s and C’s in some classes, and A’s and B’s in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit. When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said that I was not living up to my potential."
Like her mother, Cher took up acting. She enrolled in classes in Los Angeles, and soon after she met Sonny Bono. Sonny was successful in the music industry, and together, they recorded hits such as "I Got You Babe" and "Baby Don’t Go." They also created "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" and became famous media personalities.
Cher also was successful on her own. She recorded hits such as "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Believe," and "I Found Someone." She also became an actress and starred in  Mask and the 2010 movie  Burlesque .
Though as an actress, reading scripts might be difficult, Cher said in an interview that she reads her script slowly at first and has no problem memorizing it. Her dyslexia may slow her down in reading, but it didn’t hinder her from becoming a great actress and singer.
To read more about Cher's dyslexia visit her bio page on the Power of Dyslexia website.
Read this archived Associate Press newspaper article from 1985 about Cher's struggles with dyslexia.

Upon Closing

Don’t Quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
~ Edgar A. Guest
Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison
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