Thank You

Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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"Since I have learned the science behind and underneath our words, I will be able to take the guess work and frustration out of teaching my children to read."

Janet | Tuttle

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  • is a specific learning disability characterized by having difficulties relating to language, particularly reading.
  • causes the brain to process written and spoken language in such a way that it will likely limit a dyslexic's ability to become a competent reader, writer, and speller.
  • requires being taught with the proper teaching methods.
  • occurs in people of all backgrounds and runs in families.
  • is estimated to affect 20% of our population.
  • is typically diagnosed by evaluating a person's intellectual achievement and language skills. 

Dyslexia is not:

  • reading backwords.
  • a sign of low intelligence or laziness.
  • due to poor vision.
  • only characterized by the reversal of written letters and numbers.


The International Dyslexia Association(IDA) provides the following definition of dyslexia: 

"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."