Spotlight on Dyslexia 2013’s Logo
Spotlight on Dyslexia began as a free half-day conference for parents, students and educators that occurred October 5th, 2013 at Union Catholic High School (1600 Martine Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076). The purpose of the conference was to bring awareness of dyslexia to the public and to provide resources to those directly connected with a dyslexic child.
The conference had been organized at the time by 17-year old dyslexic student, Will Marsh, a senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, NJ. In October 2012, Will discussed his idea of having a dyslexia event with Dana Marsh, his mom and Kathy Bentley, the teacher in his elementary school who was the pivotal person in helping him on his path to success when he was in 3rd grade. They thought it was a great idea, but did not know where it could be held.
Will approached the administration at his alma mater, Union Catholic High School, and they agreed to host the event, offering incredible support every step of the way. Christine McCoid, Assistant Principal and Jennifer Dixon, Assistant Guidance Director at UC, guided Will in the planning process. The entire UC community is centered by the desire to achieve the five core values that define the school’s mission: Responsibility, Respect, Community, Compassion and Honesty. Both Will and the school felt strongly that several of these values were demonstrated in the planning and implementation of this conference. With a year of planning, Spotlight on Dyslexia launched it’s first conference on October 5th, 203 with great success!
Since then Spotlight on Dyslexia has grown into a national virtual conference held by Learning Ally. Will continues to work on the mission of Spotlight on Dyslexia by networking with other LD organizations, creating a resource guide for NJ and PA, and continuing to raise awareness.