Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit training and advocacy center dedicated to preventing academic failure through evidence-based multisensory reading and math instruction. ASDEC is THE only training center in Maryland that is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and is endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). We provide support to to educators and school district leaders, deliver information and resources to families, and offer direct services to all learners from pre-school through adults to assure reading and math success.
IN LOVING MEMORY
CLAIRE NISSENBAUM, FOUNDER
It is with great sadness that ASDEC announces the loss of our beloved founder and former Executive Director, Claire Nissenbaum, on July 28, 2021. A long-time educator and expert in learning disabilities, Claire founded ASDEC in 2000 with the mission of promoting reading success for students and adults with dyslexia. She proudly served as Executive Director until she retired in 2009. Click here for full article.
"This is what I have been wanting to learn for years. I look forward to practicing these skills. Every teacher should have this knowledge and practice teaching these multisensory methods. Every child would benefit from this type of instruction. If I'd been taught to do this in my undergraduate years, a lot of people, including my son would not have had to struggle with ineffective curriculum." - Holly Colasacco
Our staff includes Certified Academic Language Therapists, Psychologists, authors of research papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters on effective reading instruction.
ASDEC is accredited by the International Mulitsensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), one of two organizations in the US to receive the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) endorsement for meeting teacher training standards in reading.
The IDA standards provide a comprehensive, research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching students with dyslexia, other struggling readers, or the general student population.
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We raise public awareness about the need to identify and remediate dyslexia and other learning differences with the most effective evidence-based multisensory techniques.
Based on close to two decades of experience teaching and training specialists in the field of Dyslexia education, ASDEC is in a unique position to assist parents with the complex array of services that exist in the Washington, DC area.
ASDEC also delivers direct services to students through our summer program for children aged 7-15 and through our Nationally Certified Academic Therapists who serve students of all ages including adults who struggle with reading and math.
We provide phone consultations and conduct parent seminars and information sessions.
We provide referrals for students and adults who need intensive, individualized instruction.
We provide direct instructional services to children who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.
We provide classes to help adults who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.
ASDEC trains, certifies and supports Academic Therapists to deliver evidence-based multisensory instruction in reading, spelling, written language, mathematics, and study skills to students who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.
We train teachers to deliver effective multisensory educational strategies and we provide ongoing professional development to Academic Therapists, teachers and other educational leaders in evidence-based multisensory teaching strategies.