WILDD Opens Second Branch in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Article From the Oshkosh Northwestern:
WILDD hosts grand opening during Gallery Walk
KAREN SCHMIDT • READER SUBMITTED • NOVEMBER 4, 2009
Come join us as WILDD, the Wisconsin Institute for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, opens its doors to the Fox Valley. WILDD is located at 115 Washington Avenue in Oshkosh. The Grand Opening will be held in conjunction with the Gallery Walk this Saturday from 6:00-9:00pm. The Art Off Main gallery is located in the same building and will be displaying the artwork created by people who are gifted and dyslexic.
WILDD is a unique, non-profit organization founded by Ervin Carpenter, Kim Carpenter, and Sara Pace in Madison on November 1, 2004. WILDD uses the highly effective, research-based Orton-Gillingham method along with techniques developed over years of experience by expert staff to remediate clients' reading and spelling deficits. The program has multiple levels of instruction that raise reading and spelling levels by four to five years on average when completed.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that disrupts the “reading toolbox” that most people take for granted. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is afflicted with dyslexia, which causes difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and sometimes in arithmetic. According to the International Dyslexia Association, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds.
The majority of the population is equipped with a fully functioning “reading toolbox” and these children easily progress through the education system. By third grade most students are reading to learn and are no longer learning how to read. Typically, there is very little remedial instruction needed after third grade. But if 10 to 20 percent of the population, or those with dyslexia, have not received the type of instruction they needed to obtain fluency in reading, they are left without the basic tools needed to succeed in school and in life.
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the new WILDD Center, learn more about dyslexia and enjoy the work of many gifted artists. More information about remedial services can be obtained by calling the Karen Schmidt, Director of WILDD-Oshkosh, at 920-230-WILD or by emailing email@example.com.
Erv Carpenter, Executive Director, Wins Crystal Apple Award
On April 21, 2009, Erv Carpenter, Executive Director of WILDD, was awarded WMTV NBC15's Crystal Apple Award. Each year, NBC15 honors teachers through nominations by students, parents and fellow educators for making an impact on their students' lives, a teacher who goes out of his or her way to make the learning experience richer. Only five awards are given each year out of all the nominations received.
Mr. Carpenter was nominated by a student who had been attending WILDD for two years. Both Erv and the student were interviewed by NBC15 news anchor Leigh Mills. The ceremony was filmed and aired during that evening's news cast. To read the nomination letter, click here.
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