Upcoming Events 

​​​​​Saturday, July 21st, 6:30 pm

Kane County Cougars baseball game

Tickets are $9 each. Buy tickets by sending payment to DBN via PayPal at DyslexiaBuddyNetwork@gmail.com.  We'll be sitting together on the lawn; Kids get to run the bases and there are fireworks.

2018-2019 Youth Self-Advocacy and Mentor Program!

Modeled after the Learning Ally YES program. We'll have a Fall kick-off event and will create a way for downstate youth to participate remotely in this year-long program. More details to come. We need recommendations for venues in the N/NW burbs and also would like to gauge interest. Please fill in this short form if your family would want to participate and to send venue ideas. 

​​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.