The worldwide literacy issue continues to afflict a significant number of the population, making it difficult for them to read and interpret written material. Individuals with dyslexia experience even more difficulty learning to read in this situation, underlining the critical need for customized treatments and support to address this specific learning difference and promote literacy for all.

Jennifer Ford Knopf, the founding director of the REED Charitable Foundation, has a remarkable background in supporting and training teachers to enhance their ability to teach children to read effectively. With a deep-rooted passion for education and a strong focus on literacy, she has dedicated her efforts to making a difference in the lives of dyslexic students and their educational journey. The driving force behind Jennifer's tireless work is her son, Reed, who faced and conquered numerous challenges associated with dyslexia. Inspired by his remarkable resilience and determination, Jennifer embarked on a mission to establish the REED Charitable Foundation, with the primary goal of supporting dyslexic students and ensuring they receive the education they deserve.

Join us in our mission to combat the literacy crisis and support individuals with dyslexia on their journey to reading success.

Highlights and Resources:

  • About Jennifer Ford Knopf and what's her relationship to the Dyslexia community and why is this so important for her
  • About her nonprofit organization called Reed Charitable Foundation
  • Her child’s early diagnosis
  • Training parents and teachers in the Orton-Gillingham method

About Jennifer Ford Knopf

Jen is the Founding Director of REED Charitable Foundation, wife to husband Andrew and mom to two amazing kids – a daughter, Mackenzie, and a son, Reed (who was diagnosed with dyslexia in January of 2018 at seven years old). Of course, her son Reed’s story of both struggle and strengths is the inspiration for REED Charitable Foundation (“RCF”) but her heart for RCF goes much deeper than that.

Jen’s background as both a litigation and commercial real estate attorney made her uniquely suited for researching and advocating for her own son’s needs – but she quickly learned that their family’s battle to find support for her son is a battle at least 20% of the population also faces. Jen also learned that even with personal resources, there is very little legitimate support for dyslexic students – even though we absolutely know how to support them. And, the worst realization of all was the lingering question of “What happens to all of those families and children with no resources at all?” Jen knew the answer and also knew it was only a matter of time before she joined with others to create a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting not only dyslexic students but literacy for all.

With a strong legal background, relentless determination and a steadfast belief that literacy is a fundamental human right – Jen is committed to the mission and purpose of this foundation named after her beloved son.

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