Eureka College Arts and Lecture Series to Host Presentation on Dyslexia Awareness Tuesday

Jan 25 2019

EUREKA — For its first event of 2019, the Eureka College Arts and Lectures Board will host Melissa Garretson for a presentation on “Dyslexia Awareness” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the North Terrill Room of the Donald B. Cerf Center.

Admission is free for Eureka College students, faculty and staff, and the event is open to the community.

Garretson, who has over 22 years of experience in a public school setting, is a certified tutor and screener for dyslexia.

“Dyslexia,” she explained in an interview with the Morton Times-News in 2013, “is an inherited condition and it makes it extremely difficult to read, write and spell, even despite the child being smart enough, motivated enough and exposed enough.”

Since a family member was diagnosed with the neurological disorder, she has studied countless evidence-based interventions to help students with dyslexia. In addition to tutoring students with dyslexia, Garretson has been traveling across central Illinois to spread awareness and educate teachers, parents and administrators since 2009.

If you have any questions or would like to request accommodations, contact Maggie Dietz at

The Arts and Lectures Board at Eureka College is a student-driven committee that works to bring nationally known educational and cultural events to campus through diverse programming that strives to further support the mission of Eureka College in the areas of learning, service, and leadership. The Board is comprised of students and is advised by a faculty member and staff member from the Office of Student Life.

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