Upcoming Events 

Self-Advocacy Skits, Plus Assistive Technology
Sunday, December 9, 2018,  12:30-2pm
Schaumburg Public Library

DBN kids will learn how to answer questions

  • What do I say when people ask what dyslexia is?
  • What do I say to my classmates whey they say my accommodations are unfair?
  • What do I say to my classmates when they ask why I’m pulled out of class?

Plus, short demos of Snap and Read, Speechify, Voice Dream Writer, Learning Ally, and more.

Ultimate Ninjas - Again!

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 12-2pm

Ultimate Ninjas Naperville
We are renting the entire facility! Tickets on sale early 2019

​​Previous Events 2014-2018

Champion Chats - inspiring talks with people sharing their own experience with dyslexia

  • Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke

  • John Rodrigues, author "High School Dropout to Harvard" and featured in the documentary, "Being You: Your Difference is Your Strength"

  • Trent Jarrett, captain of the men's gymnastics team at University of Illinois-Chicago. UIC article

  • Shane LeBaron, professional golf coach and owner of LeBaron Golf. Watch

  • Darryl Duncan, award-winning songwriter and music producer, owner of GameBeat Studios. Watch

  • Panel - Alby Lewis, Tori Isom, Kathleen Kennedy Watch  

  • Brent Sopel, professional hockey player for 18 years, Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup winning team. Our kids skated with him, and then heard his story of growing up with dyslexia. 

Social meet-ups 

  • Ultimate Ninja Warrior!

  • Sleep-away camp for our youth and their siblings!

  • ​Chicago Wolves hockey game

  • Hayride, campfire and s'mores at Danada Equestrian Center

  • ​Feed My Starving Children (twice!)

  • Arlington Park Race Track​

  • Laser tag (twice!)

  • LEGO Show

  • "How to Ride a Bike" Class at REI 

  • Walk for Dyslexia

Advocacy Day at the Illinois State Capital - Our youth met with legislators on April 21, 2016 to advocate for teacher training and intervention. See photos here

Assistive Technology - Our youth showed eachother what technology works well for them, including the Live Scribe Pen, Co:writer, Read2Go, Voice Dream, BookShare, and more. ​

Dyslexia Awareness Month - We arranged for the 16-story Naperville Carillon to be lit in red lights for a week. Our families had a meet-up at the Carillon, and each kid received glow sticks, and a comic book donated by Graham Crackers Comics in Plainfield.