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One in Five

How We're Fighting for Our Dyslexic Kids in a System That's Failing Them

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Practical tips and advice for parents navigating the school system from a mom who’s been there.

One in five children have dyslexia, but too many parents feel isolated and defeated in their efforts to secure an equal chance for their children. After fighting the school system for four years to get the correct diagnoses and proper learning assistance for her two dyslexic sons, Micki Boas realized that parents need to hack the system, cutting through the invisible red tape of school funding, IEPs, specialized teacher training, and more.

Drawing on insights from over 200 parents, educators, and experts, Boas delves into:
-When children need to be diagnosed to get the help they need—and why it doesn’t always happen
-What special education programs are mandated by law—and why most schools fail to provide them
-What parents can do to advocate for their children—and help change the larger system

One in Five shares the secrets the “professionals” won’t tell you—but that makes all the difference.

Photograph by Erin Patrice O'Brien

Micki Boas is an entrepreneur and brand strategist who has worked with a range of iconic brands (Nike, Samsung, the ACLU, United Nations, and Fusion) to find bold, provocative, creative, and holistic solutions for broken systems. Little did she know that the broken American education system would become her biggest project.

When Boas’ older son was diagnosed with dyslexia, it took her four years of legal battles that drained her savings, battered her self-esteem, and pulled her family apart to find an education that fit his needs. Ultimately, she found herself asking questions about the ways in which our government and our schools fail to provide all children with equal access to quality education.

As a result, she created Invisible Red Tape, a thought leadership forum designed to expose the inequalities in education for children with dyslexia, create public awareness around the problem, and crowdsource an insider’s guide to practical solutions. She has also developed GLINDA, an affordable subscription-based, e-advising platform that connects special needs parents with dedicated advisors who save parents time, money–and their sanity.

  • Publisher: Tiller Press (August 11, 2020)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982130619