Project D.E.B.U.N.K. - Dyslexia Educational Bandwagon, Uniting Noteworthy Kids!

Project DEBUNK is planning our next
April 17- 19, 2018
Disney World, Florida!

More information below and more on the way!



Project DEBUNK along with soon to be named Keynote Speaker/ and mentor guests, invite you to join us for our 2nd Disney World Family Gathering! We will begin Tuesday, April 17th and end our activities April 19th. This will be a "Galactic" Event since the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon weekend is April 19-22. Families can decide if they want to continue on and be part of a dyslexic group participating in the Family fun runs for little kids, 1 mile run for 13 and under, or the 5K, 10K or 1/2 Marathon. The goal can be to just complete one together as a family, or set a bigger goal!

The focus for our event will be on helping "THE FORCE AWAKEN" in our dyslexic youth while encouraging "A NEW HOPE" for the future in each family.  Although we are some Star Wars inspirational ideas to match the running weekend, our event will focus on helping our kids feel empowered.  It is not a Star Wars fan event, but dyslexic families uniting together and supporting one another.

In Star Wars, The "Darkside" of the Force draws strength from fear, anger, hatred and aggression. We want to step out of the dark and into the "Light!"
The Light side of the Force is aligned with calmness and was used for knowledge and defense. 

Registration Fees will be $150 per person participating in the Dyslexia Gathering events. Your fees will include but may not be limited to:
Group Breakfast w/ Keynote Speaker at T-Rex in Disney Springs
Group Dinner at 'Ohana (which means family!)
Event t-shirts (2)
and more surprises to come!

*It does not include: lodging, other meals, theme park tickets or race registration.


We will use quotes from the movies to guide our journey and help the ones we love find the courage to deal with the challenges in their lives.

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you." Yoda

"You are the Chosen One. You have brought balance to this world. Stay on this path, and you will do it again for the galaxy. But beware your heart." The Father 

And here is something to think about:

"When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be. The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned." Yoda

We are excited to see this coming together and look forward to seeing you there!

Be encouraged and stay strong, be a voice and advocate for your child.

Teach empowerment strategies, it will change their paths.

Thanks to all the wonderful PARENTS that worked so hard with us to pass legislation in Maine:

NEW Maine Dyslexia Coordinator 

The Department’s first ever Dyslexia Coordinator Lisa Whitis will be leading a talented group of stakeholders in implementing the new law requiring dyslexia screening for students in kindergarten through second grade who have difficulty acquiring literacy skills. Additionally, she will coordinate professional development implementation of evidence-based reading intervention strategies for children who show signs of dyslexia. Lisa earned her BA in Political Science and an M. Ed. from the University of Maine and later earned a JD from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law. Upon graduation, she became the director of legal services for Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. Aside from Lisa’s education, and following her son’s diagnosis of dyslexia, she became a certified Orton-Gillingham reading instructor, and for the past 14 years she has been an instructor and practicum supervisor at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Portland. Lisa can be reached at 624-6643 or at

 “…that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.”

Therefore, there could be situations where the child’s parents and the team of qualified professionals responsible for determining whether the child has a specific learning disability would find it helpful to include information about the specific condition (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia) in documenting how that condition relates to the child’s eligibility determination. 34 CFR §§300.306(a)(1), (c)(1) and 300.308. 
 Make 2016 the Year that changed your child's path! 


Help for our
Maine Dyslexic Community!
Project DEBUNK is here to give Maine families, teachers, schools and others a place to go for truthful information about what dyslexia is, to debunk the myths still  surrounding what dyslexia is not, and to support dyslexics through education, understanding, and special group activities.  We can also try to help you find out if your child has the profile of dyslexia, find a tutor if needed, and give you tools to begin down a changed path for educational success.   Our main focus however, is helping others see the beauty of dyslexia beyond the struggles. 
Project DEBUNK's vision is for every dyslexic youth in our community and beyond to receive the support needed to feel successful, beginning in preschool and continuing into adulthood, by focusing on the whole child, including the  mental/emotional health and growth that is needed to live a meaningful life.


3 MUST watch videos to learn more about dyslexia and what it really is!  

What Is Dyslexia?

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What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley
View full lesson: affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in proc...

Embracing Dyslexia

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Embracing Dyslexia (documentary film)
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with reading, writing, and spelling despite having at least an average intelligence. ...


Dyslexic Families Need Fun!

There is a lot of focus on the educational piece of dyslexia, but not a lot of understanding about the emotional affects.  Many of our children find themselves feeling that something is wrong with them, alone, misunderstood, different, friendless, and more.  

We KNOW from studies that our kids are at an increased risk for issues such as dropping out of school, drugs and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, prison sentences and suicides.  It is heartbreaking that some children can be ready to give up by third grade.  

This is why we feel it is so important for these kids to understand they are not alone and they are NOTEWORTHY!  Noteworthy means remarkable, interesting, important, significant, extraordinary, outstanding, exceptional and notable.  

We as adults in their lives, need to make sure they realize they are all those things and more.  We need to bring them together with mentors and other people they can look to and who will share their stories so our kids can find their gifts and say  "I can do this too!"

We have found that not only children but the families need support and when families come together that understand one another, great things are happening.  Friendships are forming, children and parents are feeling empowered, not alone, and education about dyslexia spreads.  This is helping both the child and the parents in a way that is strengthening and uniting families that were beginning to break down due to the nonstop stresses of living with dyslexia, the schools, society, as well as the misunderstood language issues within the home.  We must spend equal time addressing this side of dyslexia.  


We hope all children will pledge allegiance to be "real," the person they were
born to be.  Celebrate dyslexia and all the gifts of thinking uniquely as we did
at our first Dyslexia Family Gathering in Disney World, Florida in April 2014!  Our plans for another gathering have been pushed back to possibly Oct/Nov 2016 around the time of the IDA Conference.  

If you are wondering what to do if your child or student did NOT pass part C of the Barton Screening, here is a website to look into.

Foundation in Sounds


I would like to introduce 
Decoding Dyslexia-Maine!  
Please connect with them on FACEBOOK!

Together we CAN make a difference!

News Update:  

We have passed the Bill and it should begin in September 2016 school year.  



Host a 'Dyslexia for a Day" workshop

Comments from our
"Dyslexia for a Day" Workshop!

"This program is well worth attending if you really want a true understanding of what your  child/student goes through on a daily basis to learn. I highly recommend that you attend this seminar, totally worth your time and you will leave with a true appreciation of what it is like to be  dyslexic! Coming from a parent of two dyslexic boys"
- Dawn Beswick, Maine

"This training helped me to understand what my daughter has to go through day to day!  It made me aware I need to stop "timing" everything ALL the time!! "
 - Parent Nicole from St. Albans, Maine

"I am a college student in the field of Education. If you are a teacher or going to be one, you MUST take a workshop like this.  Learning about this will make you more aware, mindful, and overall a better teacher for all your students."
 Monica N., EMCC & UMO

"Thank you for hosting this very worthwhile workshop! I am going to find a way to bring  this professional development to my staff!"
 Chris Cunningham, Katahdin Elementary Principal

"I was able to be in the shoes of a dyslexic child. The simulations were greatly valuable and opened my eyes to the great need of teachers to identify and help their students as early as possible. Dyslexia is real, it is not going away! It is our responsibility to help these kids be as successful as they can be!"
 Stephanie Seccareccia, Kindergarten teacher, Bangor, Maine



Won't you  GET ON BOARD?
To learn more about Project DEBUNK or any of the above missions, please explore our website 
If you, or someone you know would like to become part of our bandwagon
 to help dyslexic youth, or may need help themselves, please contact us today! 
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