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Geraldine’s Story: How Public Schools Are Failing Black Students with Dyslexia 

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Black students with dyslexia all too often carry a heavy burden in our public schools. This documentary centers around a grandmother who fought for years to get her grandkids — particularly her grandson — properly assessed for dyslexia. Like too many African American boys, Geraldine Robinson’s grandson had been erroneously labeled with an “intellectual disability” and deprived of proper reading remediation.

Image Caption: Geraldine Robinson, center, and one of her sons, right, wait for her to be honored for her advocacy by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in September 2019

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  • Geraldine Robinson, Oakland matriarch raising her grandkids
  • Cheryl Theis, Education Advocate, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
  • Megan Potente, Educational Therapist and Co-State Director, Decoding Dyslexia CA
  • Kareem Weaver, Oakland NAACP Education Committee


  • Reporter/Producer: Lee Romney
  • Editor: Monica Lopez and Lisa Morehouse
  • Engineer: James Rowlands

Making Contact Staff:

  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani

Music Credit:

Blue Dot Sessions – Basketliner; Gullwing Sailor, Velvet Ladder, Cicle Gerano, Silent Flock, Cicle Veroni, Gale, Colrain, Stretch of Lonely, The Caspian Sea, Maisie Dreamer, A Catalog of Seasons, Arbic Tallow

Daniel Birch – Brushed Bells Leaving Home

Author: Radio Project

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