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


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.

Year in Review

Youth using digital tablets in school.

Imagine trying to thrive in a demanding text and email-based society when every letter is a puzzle and each word a maze.

Perhaps you or your loved ones face these same daily challenges and that is what inspired you to become involved in Smile Out Loud Foundation. We are filled with gratitude for your support.

Please let us share with you the success of 2014 and our opportunities in 2015.

Our Purpose

  • To have a significant impact on the lives of dyslexic youth.
  • Provide small scholarships for college bound dyslexic youth to help defray the cost of books and materials as they enter higher education.
  • Encourage entrepreneurial educators into dyslexic tutoring so the field of providers may widen and impact more youth.

Successful Action in 2014

  • Fundraising-Smile Out Loud had a record year for individual contributions enabling us to launch our first scholarship in Spring 2015.
  •  David Staenberg published his second book Unleashing Your Smile.
  • Smile Out Loud sponsored training enabling a qualified tutor to begin impacting the dyslexic community.

Ahead in 2015

  • Development of scholarship application and selection criteria with a goal to grant our first college scholarship to a dyslexic student in May 2015.
  • Collaborate with other nonprofit agencies to identify and train new tutors.
  • Development of program assessments to measure effectiveness.

How YOU can help.

The Smile Out Loud Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are 100% tax deductible!

  • Donate to the Lincoln Community Foundation and designate your donation to the David Staenberg Scholarship Fund.
  • Fund training-$250 provides a trained tutor to work directly with dyslexic youth.
  • Buy and instantly download David’s books . All proceeds go directly to Smile Out Loud Foundation.

Thank you for sharing our blessings through your continuing support of this important work.

Warm regards,

David Staenberg


Smile Out Loud Foundation