The mission of DARC ...

  • To raise the awareness of parents, students, adult dyslexics, educators, law enforcement agencies, employers, and health professionals of Dyslexia -- a specific language disability -- and Attention Deficit Disorder;
  • To make readily available the characteristics that often accompany Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder;
  • To provide information, resources, support and advocacy training for parents of children and adults affected with Dyslexia and/or Attention Deficit Disorder.
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The Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center (DARC) was founded in 1990 by Program Director Joan Esposito.  Her husband, Les Esposito,  now serves as the Executive Director. The Center opened its permanent Santa Barbara office in July, 1991. Joan herself was functionally illiterate until age forty-four when she was successfully diagnosed as having dyslexia and attention deficit disorder ( a condition that often accompanies dyslexia). Since her identification, Joan has concentrated her efforts on bringing awareness to the community and to others who have struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
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