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Mission Statement

The mission of Dyslexia Crossroads Program, Inc, (501c3) is to teach low-income children with dyslexia or language-based learning disabilities to read free of any charge

Description of The Organization

The DyslexiaCrossroads Program is a program that provides children of low income families tutorial reading services using an Orton-Gillingham reading program free of charge. Children are seen once or twice a week on an individual or small group basis. The group is comprised of two students who are functioning in reading at a similar reading level. Students are also placed in the Rapid Response Reading App for the remainder of the week until their next session.

Descriptions of the Reading Tutors

Tutors must have a high school diploma but do not need to be an educator. A tutor can also have an associate degree in education or attending a school to become a teacher. The tutors will receive 20 hours of Professional Development on one of the Orton Gillingham reading programs. The tutors will sign a contract in order to commit to 60 hours of volunteer tutoring.

Criteria for Selection

Students are determined eligible if they receive assistance in a free lunch program or its equivalent. The districts that are targeted will be districts that are known to having low income families.

Structure of a Setting

Students will be receiving the program for a maximum of 60 sessions.

Students will be informally evaluated in the beginning of the first session, the middle of the sessions (30 days) and at the end of the sessions (60 days) to determine progress.

Students will be scheduled for one to two sessions a week for one hour including the use of the Rapid Reading Response App.

Tutors will be able to receive their sessions at the DyslexiaCrossroadsProgram office or at the library of the student’s school district.

Target beneficiaries of the DyslexiaCrossroadsProgram:

Students will be between the ages of K to 12. All individuals must meet the criteria of being part of the low-income community within their district. All students must reside in Nassau or Suffolk Counties. (RTI Guide: Making It Work) (Recipe for Reading manual and workbooks)



(From Wyandanch parent whose child was in our scholarship program last year)

When I enrolled my daughter in this scholarship program in second grade, she was reading on a K level. This program was such a success. She is reading on grade level now and her confidence has improved. 


About Concetta Russo, Ed. D.

Concetta Russo is a leading national authority on childhood developmental and learning disabilities including Dyslexia and other related reading disorders. With over 35 years experience in diagnosing and treating children, Dr. Russo continues to work individually with clients in Long Island developing Orton Gillingham programs and reading apps while instructing educators and parents on how to recognize and treat these conditions.

Her current endeavor is to bring reading services to a dyslexic\language based learning disabled population that cannot afford tutorial reading services which in turn teaches these students to read on grade level and achieve academically.