Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children was founded to bring awareness and immediate action to break the school to prison pipeline and to create opportunities for success for every child. We operate at the intersection of race and dyslexia, a dangerous intersection, to address this double disparity.
Here are some facts:
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation. Among 4th graders, only 10% of African-American boys living in poverty, scored at or above 4th-grade proficiency level. This level only increased to 26% for African American boys not living in poverty (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Reading Assessment; KIDS COUNT.).
73% of children living in poverty are children of color (Children’s Defense Fund).
In a study of Texas prison inmates, 80% of inmates were functionally illiterate. 43% had word attack skills consistent with a dyslexia diagnosis (Moody, et.al., 2007). This illustrates the school to prison pipeline and the impact of untreated language and reading disabilities.
There are limited, if any, studies on black children with dyslexia. (Robinson, 2013).