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Dyslexia Institute soldiers on amid COVID-19


The Dyslexia Institute of Southern New Mexico, Inc. (DISNM) prides itself on providing the “highest quality multisensory dyslexia therapy in reading, math and written language.”

Governed by a board of directors, the nonprofit organization’s executive director is Ellen Saige, who oversees seven employees.

DISNM opened more than 11 years ago and operates out of offices at 1320 S. Solano Ave., in Las Cruces.

“When the schools closed in March, all of our therapists learned how to provide distance education through Zoom,” Saige said. “Our students followed us onto Zoom, and have been making good progress during a time when new learning and organized instruction was lacking in other venues.”

She said the adjustment has been a challenge for all involved.

“We miss the face-to-face contact and hope to get back to it as soon as possible, with safety precautions,” she said. “COVID has presented challenges, but we are pleased to be moving forward, continuing to provide much-needed services.”

Like all nonprofits, DISNM is in near-constant fundraising mode, which also has been impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

“We offer services to students of all economic levels, which means that we provide many scholarships to low-income families, Saige said. “The pandemic has prevented us from conducting our usual spring fundraisers, so we are in need of donors to the Franklin Hartman/Don Mueller Scholarship Fund, so that we can maintain our commitment that no student will be dropped due to inability to pay.”

To donate or for more information on DISNM and its programs, contact Saige at dyslexia-institute@zianet.com or send a text to 575-649-2992.