Bette Erickson is an Orton-Gillingham reading therapist and advocate for struggling readers. She attended her first International Dyslexia Conference in 1997 as the parent of a 2nd grade nonreader. She has since completed hundreds of hours of continuing education related to effective scientific-based reading instruction. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on the topics of early reading intervention strategies, accommodations for students with language-based learning disabilities, and education policy change.
Bette successfully worked to develop education policy at the district and state levels and was instrumental is passing Minnesota state legislation requiring institutions of higher education to better prepare teachers to teach literacy skills. In addition, she was Instrumental in establishing a school program for early identification and intervention of struggling readers and is a founding member of Parent Advocates for Students with Dyslexia (PASD).
Currently, Bette serves on the Executive Committee of the International Dyslexia Association-Upper Midwest Branch. She resides in Minneapolis, MN.