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Kildonan School founder honored

AMENIA — Diana King, one of the founders of the Kildonan School in Amenia, was honored in December by the International Dyslexia Association “for her [60 years of] dedication to the organization and her unwavering commitment to helping children with dyslexia.”According to the press release, King was one of the first members of the International Dyslexia Association when she joined in 1951 as “a pioneer in educating students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.”In 1955, King started an eight-week camp in Pennsylvania for students with dyslexia and related learning differences.She and a co-founder opened the Kildonan School in 1969 “to provide instruction to students with dyslexia in grades two through 12.”“In addition to developing the Kildonan teacher training program, which has been used as a model throughout the United States to train teachers in educating students with dyslexia,” stated the press release, “King has also created and published teaching materials used by thousands of educators throughout the country and is the author of dozens of books.”Executive Director of the International Dyslexia Association Stephen Peregoy said, “It is my great pleasure to recognize the service of Diana King to both the International Dyslexia Association and the field of dyslexia education. As a result of Diana’s drive, dedication and gift for teaching, thousands of students have been taught to read and have gone on to have successful careers.”King has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association previously. In 1990, she received the Samuel T. Orton Award, the highest honor given by the organization.

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