DYSLEXIA CONNECTION

OF EVANSTON

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We are kids and their folks at Districts 65 + 202 that are

creating a place in Evanston where

dyslexics can meet and be empowered. 

Our goal is simple;

lets find out what works at school

and what doesn't so that we can improve our education

while giving dyslexic kids

opportunities to

do things that they enjoy.

WHAT WE DO

3 things:

  1. Host a monthly speaker series to help people understand dyslexia, followed by Q+A sessions. Your questions and suggestions shape our future.

  2. Create a fun, informal gathering place to engender community by hosting monthly park meet-ups 

  3. Give dyslexics opportunities to have their voices heard by advocating for a free and appropriate education and by hosting a platform on our website (Dyseducation), where they can share their stories with the world

Our founders

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Zafiro Papastratakos

Director, Evanston CASE

Mom of special needs kids

Kate Noble is the Executive Director of Evanston CASE, a non-profit advocacy, support, and education services organization that helps improve the lives of Evanston families affected by disability.  She obtained the highest level of certification from the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPPA). As a graduate of COPAA’s Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) programs, Kate is fully prepared to advocate for her clients and the broader special education community. 

Kate educates families on how to become the strongest advocates for their children. Her goal is to empower and educate parents and families as they navigate the complex special education system.

As a parent of two children with disabilities, Kate has experienced firsthand the challenges of the special education system.  

Architectural Designer,

Mom of dyslexic

With over 20 years of experience as an architectural designer, Zafiro specializes in residential projects using modern design coupled with ancient building techniques that have weathered the ages and proven to be light on  the earth.

She balances her career with parenting and tutoring her 10 year old dyslexic son, whose biggest desire is to be a gymnast inventor sailing youtuber who drives a Lambrigini!

When her son asked if he could meet other dyslexics in his school, this group was born. 

 

Zafiro holds a Masters of Architecture from the U. of Oregon at Portland and a B.Arts from the U. of Illinois at Chicago. 

Michelle Brodsky

Orchestra Director,

Mom of dyslexic

As the Orchestra Director at Park View School in Morton Grove since 1990, Michelle has worked with hundreds of students from diverse learning, social and cultural backgrounds. Michelle is highly involved in community arts, has chaired Evanston Arts Council, headed the Cultural Arts Grants Committee and was a Fellow at the National Endowmwent for the Arts.


Michelle is the mother of two teenagers who attend ETHS, one of whom has dyslexia. Forming a group that serves and advocates for dyslexia has been a
longtime goal for her.

Dyslexia Consultant,

Mom of dyslexic

Shira Raviv Schwartz has been a classroom teacher working with diverse learners for over 25 years. Her background in Structured Word Inquiry and certification as a SLANT (Orton Gillingham) reading specialist, strong classroom management skills, and clear grasp on social/emotional and behavioral issues in students have informed her advocacy work.

 

Shira has a keen understanding of the supports needed for students struggling with dyslexia, autism, intellectual disability, executive functioning, anxiety, ADHD, SLD, developmental delay, emotional and behavioral challenges. When not advocating in over a dozen school districts, Shira serves on the board of Everyone Reading Illinois (formerly the Illinois Dyslexia Association) and is active in working on legislation in the areas of special education, dyslexia and diversity/inclusion at the state level.

Shira is the mother of 3 children, including a profoundly dyslexic high school student that is working towards independence.