Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

Dr. Kelly Grillo: My Journey

Join Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Dr. Kelly Grillo the President of International Dyslexia Association Indiana (IDA, Indiana) as the speak about the #RightToRead and her journey to the science of reading.
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

Dr. Kelly J. Grillo

Dr. Kelly J. Grillo, earned her PhD at the University of Central Florida. Her research focus is the achievement of students within Inclusive STEM Environments, literacy instruction and explicit-systematic domain specific vocabulary instruction. Currently, Dr. Grillo is a Special Education and Student Services Director at North West Hendricks School Corporation. While serving the front lines Dr. Grillo’s Biology End-of-Course Exam outcomes speak to her expertise, despite disabilities, reading/language barriers, 61% of her students earned a 3 or above in the 2016-2019 school years out of over 500 students being assessed.

Dr. Grillo has served as a member of the IN*SOURCE board, IM-AT-UDL FL State Oversight Committee, on Florida Council for Exceptional Children State board and as the Education Director of Mills Aviation Charities. Currently, Dr. Grillo serves as the president for the International Dyslexia Association, Indiana. She also serves as an ambassador for Marian University Center for Vibrant Schools focused on Literacy outcomes and Orton Gillingham training across Indiana.

Dr. Grillo also owns a private company focused on Assistive Technology, called TBD Partners. Technology by Design focuses on access technology. She personally uses AT daily to stay productive and helps people to gain access to accommodations and equipment that increases independence.

Dr. Grillo has numerous publications, conference presentations and awards. She was honored as a nominee in Washington as a STEM Champion for Change. She has earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year multiple times, for the International Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), the International Division of Learning Disabilities and the CEC of Florida. Dr. Grillo is a national advocate for persons with Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia so that she herself can accept her own disability. Follow her on Twitter @kellygrillo.

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