Legislative Resolution 222

In May 2017, on the same day as Bill 645 was signed, Senators Pansing-Brooks and Linehan, along with other senators introduced a comprehensive Interim Study of Dyslexia by the Legislature’s Education Committee LR222

To read the full content of the resolution go here: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/Intro/LR222.pdf

Legislative Bill 645

In May 2017 Legislative Bill 645 was approved by the Governor. This Bill related to special education and is to amend section 79-1118.01

As it related to dyslexia it reads:

“79-1118.01 Disability means an impairment which causes a child to be identified as having at least one of the conditions defined in this section and causes such child to need special education and related services. For purposes of this section: (…)

(6) Dyslexia means a specific learning disability under subdivision (13) of this section that (a) is neurobiological in origin, (b) is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities, (c) typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and effective classroom instruction, and (d) has secondary consequences that may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that may impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge;”

Read the whole bill amendment here: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/Slip/LB645.pdf

Adults with Dyslexia Connect

All adults with Dyslexia are welcome, please RSVP.

June 30, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Jim & Carolyn Brandle’s backyard
5921 Sunrise Rd., Lincoln, NE

Great snacks and beverages!
Enjoy conversation and sharing
journeys with Dyslexia!
Bring your spouse or guest!

R.S.V.P. to Carolyn by June 25th
402.488.7920 or cbrandle@windstream.net

Sponsored by the Nebraska Dyslexia Association


Ribbon Cutting and Scholarship Annoucement

Giving back is what it’s all about.

Please join us as the Smile Out Loud Foundation Announces our 2015 Scholarship Awards and celebrates our Ribbon Cutting at the Pilgrimer, 228 North 12th Street, at 3:30pm, June 29th, 2015. Following the success of the foundation’s 2015 Give to Lincoln Day campaign, two $500 college scholarships will be given to local high school graduates with learning disabilities, and two $250 scholarships will be given to local individuals for dyslexia tutoring training.

Give to Lincoln 2015: Featured on KLKN Channel 8

Give to Lincoln Day: A Personal Request

Dear family & friends,

Each of you have a special place in the heart of the Smile Out Loud Foundation. As you already know, I am a Dyslexic Superhero or at least I believe I am as I tackle things each and everyday that others say I cannot accomplish. Now that I am retired, I have chosen to take my passion for helping those with Dyslexia and make a difference in their lives of other through the Smile Out Loud Foundation.org.

This is a foundation that helps youth with Dyslexia get training and education. This year the Smile Out Loud Foundation will take the next step as we provide two scholarships for those that are challenged with a learning disability to go to college.

There are hundreds of children in our community that have dyslexia and we want to make a difference in their lives. You can help impact these young lives by giving to the Smile Out Loud Foundation. Now through May 28 we have the opportunity to further our mission by receiving funds through the Lincoln Foundation. I would ask that you reach out to others to help us raise $5,000 this year. Any amount from $10 to $500 will help us reach our goal and help us impact the life of a child. Please consider giving and please reach out to those closest to you to see if they will help us with our mission.

God bless and Thank You



Give to Lincoln

Give to Lincoln Day 2015

What makes a great city? It’s people! On Thursday, May 28th, we celebrate the power of community by participating in Give To Lincoln Day.

Last year, the Smile Out Loud Foundation had it’s best fundraising day ever as part of the 2014 Give to Lincoln Day. Let’s rally together again this year and show just how generous we can be.

You can help the Smile Out Loud Foundation build momentum, and prove why Lincoln is one of the best places to live!

Here’s just a few things your support will help accomplish in 2015:

  • The Smile Out Loud Foundation will give it’s first $500 scholarship to a dyslexic student attending a Lincoln, Nebraska high school who has been accepted for enrollment at a Nebraska institution of higher education.
  • Raise awareness of Dyslexia by exploring the signs, research, and educational challenges and opportunities through local events, an improved website, social media, and, of course, the constant visibility of David Staenberg – the Free Smile Guy!
  • Partner with other organizations to sponsor tutors and help dyslexic students succeed.

Help the Smile Out Loud Foundation improve the lives of dyslexic youth and receive a share of a $300,000 match fund by making a donation on May 28th.

Go to our profile on the Give to Lincoln website and donate today!

Common Signs of Dyslexia


  • Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to read, write, or spell at grade level.
  • Labelled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, “not trying hard enough,” or “behavior problem.”
  • Isn’t “behind enough” or “bad enough” to be helped in the school setting.
  • High in IQ, yet may not test well academically; tests well orally, but not written.
  • Feels dumb; has poor self-esteem; hides or covers up weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies; easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing.
  • Talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.
  • Seems to “Zone out” or daydream often; gets lost easily or loses track of time.
  • Difficulty sustaining attention; seems “hyper” or “daydreamer.”
  • Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.

Vision, Reading, and Spelling

  • Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.
  • Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.
  • Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.
  • Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.
  • Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don’t reveal a problem.
  • Extremely keen sighted and observant, or lacks depth perception and peripheral vision.
  • Reads and rereads with little comprehension.
  • Spells phonetically and inconsistently.

Hearing and Speech

  • Has extended hearing; hears things not said or apparent to others; easily distracted by sounds.
  • Difficulty putting thoughts into words; speaks in halting phrases; leaves sentences incomplete; stutters under stress; mispronounces long words, or transposes phrases, words, and syllables when speaking.

Writing and Motor Skills

  • Trouble with writing or copying; pencil grip is unusual; handwriting varies or is illegible.
  • Clumsy, uncoordinated, poor at ball or team sports; difficulties with fine and/or gross motor skills and tasks; prone to motion-sickness.
  • Can be ambidextrous, and often confuses left/right, over/under.

New Book: Learning to Share Your Smile

Having found my smile, my life’s focus has turned to helping others find and unleash their smile. I created the Smile Out Loud Foundation to help bring smiles to Dyslexic youth with college scholarships, and so far I’ve written two books where the proceeds from all sales directly support the this goal.

Learning to Share Your Smile

Over the years I’ve handed out hundreds of thousands of Smile Cards and heard thousands of stories from other people about finding their smile through family, faith, work, hobbies, and experiences. The majority of the stories I’ve heard are not from famous people on prime time television, but every single one has found achievement and happiness in a way that the majority of us can actually relate to, connect with, and learn from.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to compile some of these stories from supporters of the Smile Out Loud Foundation into a collection that we will release later this year in a book titled Learning to Share Your Smile.

We started receiving these written stories in 2014, and as our book gets closer to completion we’ll be sharing some of the books authors as well as excerpts. Once the book is complete, we’ll be offering it for immediate download in our Book Store.