Building skills and confidence: Children’s Dyslexia Center
Personalized help for kids
Dyslexia is more than a language disorder; it affects relationship building and emotional and physical health for those who have it.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center provides personalized, one-on-one tutoring for children with dyslexia and learning disabilities. The national organization, with forty-nine centers across the country, including Madison, has remained a nonprofit to be accessible to the community. Director Kelly Kuenzie says they’re making strides with the center’s intensive training of area public school teachers and on-site supervision in classrooms. In conjunction with the center’s personal attention, children develop a personal self-awareness that creates a positive chain reaction. Throughout a student’s tenure in the program, he or she carries the center’s mascot, a stuffed bear, for comfort. Upon graduation, students are gifted their own bear to take home. With an extensive waiting list, the center is in the process of expanding its learning space to accommodate more students.
What is social innovation?
According to Stanford University’s Social Innovation Review, social innovation is a “novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than existing solutions” and benefits primarily society as a whole rather than private individuals.
It includes these elements:
Increasing employment, productivity and economic growth
Justice, fairness, environmental preservation, improved health, arts and culture and better education
A social innovation:
Can be a product, production process or technology (much like innovation in general), but it can also be a principle, an idea, a piece of legislation, a social movement, an intervention or some combination of them.
Recognizes the fundamental role of cross-sector dynamics: exchanging ideas and values, shifting roles and relationships and blending public, philanthropic and private resources. Innovation blossoms where the sectors converge.
Can’t be understood, let alone solved, without involving the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
The M List
Madison Magazine‘s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its third year, the M List recognizes those making strides in the area of social innovation. Last year’s list of innovators were in the food industry. The original M List, in 2013, honored the technology sector. The 2014 M List honored “Foodtastic” entrepreneurs and innovators.