Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

Right to Read Inquiry & an SLP’s Role in Structured Literacy

Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Lisa Virtue a Speech & Language Pathologist discussed the Right to Read Inquiry & an SLP’s Role in Structured Literacy.

The Right To Read Inquiry Recommendations

Dr. Kathryn Garforth, Ph.D.
Founder of Garforth Education and The Right To Read Initiative. 
Garforth Education provides online courses and professional development for educators. Garforth Education provides support to families of neurodiverse individuals. Dr. Garforth helps them understand the diagnosis and needs of their child.


Dr. Kathryn Garforth is passionate about every child's #RightToRead. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic she has a personal connection to the struggles students face. Her teacher training program did not provide the training to teach children like her how to read.  She's determined to spread awareness about best practices for teaching reading.


Twitter: @GarforthEduc

Lisa Virtue

I am a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including education, private practice, hospitals and long-term care facilities I have comprehensive experience assessing and delivering evidence-based oral language and literacy services to students one-on-one as well as developing resources to support educator implementation of structured literacy in the classroom. With the recent release of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Report on the Right to Read, I am passionately optimistic about the future for all students to learn to read. I deeply believe in empowering educators with the same knowledge and passion to support their students. Outside of my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I enjoy spending time outdoors: running, mountain biking, and paddling.

DDSB Speech Language & Hearing Twitter Handle: @DDSB_SLH

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