WILDD’s mission is to unleash the gifts of dyslexic children and adults so they may achieve the full potential they deserve, and of which they are capable. We do this through identification, remediation, therapy, support, outreach, community education, and advocacy.
Reading is an essential skill set needed to thrive in our society. WILDD creates learning and living independence that allows persons with dyslexia/SLD to achieve success and compete with their peers in school, higher education, the workforce, and their community.
WILDD was founded in 2005 by Erv Carpenter and Co-Founder, Kim Campbell-Carpenter, to help adults and children overcome the reading, spelling, and math deficits associated with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities.
After a lifetime of frustrating educational experiences, Erv was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 32 after entering the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh using his veteran’s benefits. He was on the verge of losing his Chapter 31 benefits because he was failing at his chosen college curriculum which he needed to support his family – his wife, Kim, and their four children. Luckily, he spoke with a VA Counselor who suspected that dyslexia was at the root of Erv’s struggles in school and referred him to a campus resource that was able to teach him how to read, write, and spell. Erv graduated with a 3.5 GPA and a BS in Special Education with three certifications.
This experience was the catalyst that defined Erv and Kim’s future. Over the next 30 years, Erv and Kim dedicated their lives to teaching Special Education and received K-12 certifications in Learning, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Cognitive Disabilities, and worked at multiple Dyslexia Centers. Erv went on to develop the Carpenter Language Achievement and Strategies System™ (CLASS), an academic therapy curriculum, which WILDD uses to achieve remarkable results in reading and spelling remediation for dyslexic learners.
It is because of Erv and Kim’s first-hand experiences with dyslexia, helping their own children cope with dyslexia, and decades of teaching expertise that they have achieved such great success with their program. Changing lives – one person at a time.