Tutor Eau Claire (TutorEC) is the literacy outreach of Eau Claire Shalom Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization established in 1995 to serve the Eau Claire community of Columbia, SC. TutorEC's primary mission is to raise awareness of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and provide assistance for students with dyslexia, the leading cause of reading failure. TutorEC provides affordable tutoring for dyslexic students in Richland School District One, resources for tutors, information for parents, and opportunities for volunteers.
Tutor Eau Claire was founded in 1999 by Tracey and Hap Ely to meet the needs of struggling students in their neighborhood. When they discovered that one fourth-grader had not learned to read in school because he was dyslexic, they became determined to find a way to help.
Dyslexia affects ~20% of the general population, accounts for 80-85% of the students identified with a Specific Language Learning Disability (LD), and is a major factor in the high school dropout rate. Each year in the U.S., one million LD students will leave high school without a diploma. The diagnosis of dyslexia is medical; the treatment is educational; and early, ongoing intervention is critical. Clinical and research data have shown that dyslexia can be overcome at any age if a multisensory, structured language program, based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, is used.
Thanks to training and support from many Midlands non-profits and The Sandhills School, TutorEC now provides affordable tutoring services for students in the Eau Claire community of Richland One, and beyond.