The Mason Project’s mission is to increase the number of Certified Academic Language Therapists (C.A.L.T.) in Illinois, by providing programming support and tuition assistance for C.A.L.T. training in Illinois. We are thrilled to have raised thousands of dollars for this very important cause because time is of the essence for our kids!

The Mason Project is a collaboration between The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning and the Dyslexia Buddy Network, a 501(c)(3). Its name was the idea of Tara Chapman, founder of The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning. Mason was her first student in Illinois, and he is the son of the Dyslexia Buddy Network’s founder, Kristin Paxton.

Dyslexia Therapy is the gold standard of dyslexia teacher education. The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning has arranged the first-ever Dyslexia Therapist training in Illinois, led by a Qualified Instructor from MCA’s Multisensory Teacher Training Center, a 501(c)(3) in Texas.

  • This training will have an immediate impact on children in the Chicagoland area.
  • 100% of Illinois parents of dyslexic children reported their schools are unequipped to properly teach their children. (2016 survey, Dyslexia Buddy Network)
  • Dyslexia requires a different methodology of teaching reading, writing and spelling, however, teacher-training programs don’t include dyslexia, not even special education, Masters, or reading specialist programs.

The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning and the Dyslexia Buddy Network will not receive any profits from this training. In fact, we are investing our own personal money and time to make this happen because time is of the essence for our kids!

A Special Thank You to Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner Brent Sopel for choosing Dyslexia Buddy Network as the charity for his Play With The Pros fundraising event in 2017. With his help, we raised thousands of dollars for dyslexia teacher training.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Trinchero Family Estates, State Farm, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Perry Capital Group LLC – An Independent Practice, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc

​The Mason Project is a division of the Dyslexia Buddy Network, a 501c3, EIN #81-3636539
Illinois Attorney General Charitable Trust Bureau Registration #01072338