The Erika Center is a bridge between the life-changing work of Bodine School’s Germantown Campus and the tens of thousands of young people in Shelby County desperate for its help. Through teacher training and individual student services, The Erika Center aims to change the landscape of literacy in our community.
Why does our Community Need The Erika Center?
There are over 40,000 dyslexic young people in Shelby County. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability (LD), comprising 80% of all LD diagnoses. Unfortunately, the majority of dyslexic students in Shelby County do not receive the services they need to meet their vast potential.
In addition to individuals who are neurologically dyslexic, tens of thousands of more young people in Shelby County qualify as functionally dyslexic. These individuals were not exposed to early language skills in the first 5 years of life and therefore their language and literacy skills mirror the characteristics of dyslexia. Functional dyslexia is disproportionately higher in high poverty, urban areas.
Students who are dyslexic – neurological or functional – need the more specialized approach practiced at Bodine School every day and shared with the larger community through the work of The Erika Center.