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Dyslexia Education Center Open House

November 6, 2007

Mississippi College's Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center is inviting the public to an open house on the Clinton campus Thursday Nov. 8.

The hour-long event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Farr Hall. Led by director Mitti Bilbo, a Franklin county resident, the new center serves a little over a dozen students from the greater Jackson area.

What began a year ago with one student has blossomed. The center presently serves 13 students who come to MC for one-hour lessons four days a week. There's a waiting list of students seeking services. The evaluation process helps students, parents and educators understand how to reach and teach dyslexic students.

"The Center's goal is to be of assistance to students, parents, educational facilities and communities," Bilbo said.

With its dyslexia initiative, MC "is embarking upon a very special venture," said Ron Howard, vice president for academic affairs. "We will be offering both special services to the community and teaching opportunities for our students in the masters of education in dyslexia training therapy."

MC's program has received encouragement from the Mississippi Scottish Rite Masons and generous grants from the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian and the Robert Hearin Support Foundation of Jackson, he said.

In the future, the MC center will offer parent workshops, and staffers are planning a dyslexia conference in either February or March 2008, Bilbo said.

For details, contact Mitti Bilbo at 601-925-7649 or MBilbo@mc.edu

PHOTO: Director Mitti Bilbo works with one of the center's students, Ryan Smith, age 9.