Our Story

Donations to Reading Allowed are tax deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code

Our Mission

The mission of Reading Allowed is to provide specialized, structured literacy tutoring to children and adults in the Philadelphia area who struggle to read, write and spell and who do not have the means to access high quality tutoring.

Our Story

I started Reading Allowed because I know in my heart that every struggling student deserves the very best resources that are available regardless of finances. I hold a Master’s in Education and am a Pennsylvania Certified Reading Specialist. I am also a Wilson Reading System® Dyslexia Practitioner and a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

I have worked with students of all ages who have struggled to read, write and spell; some of whom have been diagnosed with dyslexia.  I have had the incredible joy of seeing many of these children blossom and make significant gains as a result of receiving appropriate, structured literacy instruction and I have seen how these children flourish when they receive individualized, one-on-one tutoring using a structured literacy approach.

I feel passionately that every struggling reader deserves the best quality, individualized instruction and that financial means should not be a barrier. For this reason I started Reading Allowed.

Reading Allowed works with students who are struggling to read, write and spell, who may or may not have been diagnosed with dyslexia and who would benefit from individualized, structured literacy tutoring.

Why it matters and why it’s urgent

The statistics and this APM article published in September 2018 say it way better than we can:


Approximately 5-17% of the US population displays signs of reading challenges


A disproportionate number of children from poor families who struggle to read end up in the criminal justice system