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The mission of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program is to teach low-income children and adults with dyslexia or a language-based learning disability to read. This is accomplished through
a professional screening
assessment and
tutoring by volunteers
whom we have
trained in The
Orton-Gillingham
method of reading,
writing, and spelling.

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The History of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program

Photo of Kids ReadingThe Dyslexia Tutoring Program was founded in 1982 in Southeast Baltimore as MADAY (Maryland Associates for Dyslexic Adults and Youth). It was started when a group of concerned citizens who had noticed a pattern with repeat youthful offenders that was related to their difficulties with reading and processing language. The group enlisted the help of Roger Saunders, a psychologist of international renown in the field of dyslexia, who confirmed that the offenders were dyslexic. The pioneer program in Southeast Baltimore sought to demonstrate that with a small investment of time and energy, the chain of dyslexia could be broken.

Using trained volunteers in the community, the program offered specialized tutoring - consisting of at least 60 hours on a one-on-one basis - to improve the skills, self esteem and behavior of dyslexic youth. The initial goals of the program were to steer these young adults away from criminal behavior and toward literacy and employability. From this pilot program, MADAY was incorporated and, in 1985, became an independent 501 ( c )(3) non-profit agency serving, without any charge, dyslexic children and adults of all ages in Maryland. In March 2000, the Board of Directors passed a resolution to change the name of the organization to the Dyslexia Tutoring Program to more accurately reflect our mission.