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@iplante : call to action: Dyslexia: The Hidden Disability TY! @cdcowen @bnpowers @benfoss @ATKSMan @tlckildonan @School_Dyslexia

@iplante : call to action: Dyslexia: The Hidden Disability TY! @cdcowen @bnpowers @benfoss @ATKSMan @tlckildonan @School_Dyslexia | Dyslexia Awareness | Scoop.it

"My opinion is we need to take a large magnifying glass to dyslexia. We need to show people the challenges, much akin to Rick Lavoie’s Fat City video. Then we need to shine the spotlight on all the great ways technology can support and enhance learning for these students, as well as the instructional methods that are proven to impact skill development.  Technology tools enable dyslexics to engage in the acquisition of knowledge while we still provide the remediation to build their skills.  Seemingly too often, skill development is the focus or just they are provided enough to get through without being provided a true opportunity to interact with the information they are accessing or knowledge they are demonstrating."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:15 PM

Our friend and colleague, Sharon Plante issues a bold call to action:leverage social media to increase attention and visibility for dyslexia--Lou

 

Excerpt from Sharon LePage Plante, Director of Technology at Eagle Hill School SouthPort:

 

Currently attending #ATIA14 (Assistive Technology Industry Association) I am intrigued by the minority of sessions directly addressing the learning disabled/dyslexic population of learners.   There is great information being shared in a broader sense that definitely has implications for dyslexia, and some being shared that I wish just had flashing lights saying please use this to support kids with learning disabilities! Is this “hidden disability” just too quiet to be thought of for such an important conference? Or are educators not aware of the powerful tools to use to support dyslexic students? Whatever the reason, those in the dyslexic community (dyslexics, educators, assistive technology specialists, leaders in the field) need to come together and make dyslexia become DYSLEXIA.  There is a rumbling I hope to support the idea of #dyslexiatech.  Not that we cannot learn and share with the global assistive tech community, but like with each of the components that make that up, there are unique needs to be met for dyslexia.  Voices need to be louder and more prevalent, so that we can ensure that more students can be provided the fabulous supports that exist.

One great start is the creation of @School_Dyslexia, http://schoolofdyslexia.blogspot.com, where Jamie Martin is working to curate information from people in the field of dyslexia who are working directly with this student population. Seeing the work that an organizationslike Headstrong Nation and Dyslexic Advantage are doing along with powerful parent organizations such as @pensf, Smart Kids and theDecoding Dyslexia movement, it is obvious the voices need to become a chorus.  If we add in the continuous work of the International Dyslexia Association, Haskins Labs, and Literacy How, there is a whole musical masterpiece that could arise to uncloak dyslexia.

With the wonders of social media, there is a great avenue for all of us to connect, empower, and do what is needed to ensure that all dyslexic students have a voice, have the tools, and have the instruction that will give them success.

I encourage you to connect with the people and organizations above, as well as the following to bring the discussion of supporting students with dyslexia to a greater decibel.

Carolyn D. Cowen

Lou Salza

Theresa Collins

Ben Powers

Ben Foss

Scoop iT Topics

Students with ADHA and Learning Disabilities in independent and public schools

Dyslexia DiaBlogue "

  
Sharon LePage Plante's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:22 PM

thank you Lou! 

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The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, February 24, 3:20 PM

Why "dyslexia" needs to be accepted.  Follow this also to the article, as well.  

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Guest editorial: High schooler weighs in on dyslexia discussion

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The Dyslexia Project

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Dyslexia's Emotional Impact by Sandie Barrie Blackley @DDVA13

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For dyslexic children, what begins as an educational problem can quickly descend into an emotional problem.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 27, 2014 3:27 PM

According to Thomas Mann: "Everything is politics".

According to the former Speaker of the U.S. House, Tip O'Neill: "all politics is local".  Thank you to the folks at Decoding Dyslexia all over the USA for their remarkably strong, successful efforts at advancing advocacy for dyslexics in State governments!--Lou 

 

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".....School reading or writing assignments may serve as triggers for intensely negative emotions of fear, stress, and anxiety, which in turn lead to memory and attention disruptions, which lead to physiological manifestations of that unease—and in some cases, catastrophic thoughts. By considering these cascading effects, we can understand why depression and, sadly, suicide rates for dyslexic children are higher than for the general population.

 

This sort of cycle is well-known in psychology, with the “anxiety cascade” being taught over many decades, even in basic psychology courses. The diagram included in this article adapts that cycle to specifically address the pattern observed in dyslexic children.

Because of this “Vortex of Dyslexia,” early intervention for children is critical. Dyslexia is in many ways an invisible struggle. If dyslexic children are not properly evaluated and treated what may seem to outsiders as “simple” reading and writing difficulties can grow into far more significant psychological or physiological problems..."

 
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Early detectionof Dyslexia remains KEY - Dyslexia Headlines

Not having teachers know about dyslexia is having nurses not know how to take vital signs (RT @Dyslexiahead: Early detectionof Dyslexia remains KEY http://t.co/i7BgBeJp #dyslexia...)...

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How Teachers Can Build a Word-Rich Life for Dyslexics * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

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How Teachers Can Build a Word-Rich Life for Dyslexics * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity http://t.co/j9lB6up9rb

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3-15-2014 WRITE IT OUT #showme1in5 - YouTube

Decoding Dyslexia 3-15-2014 '1 in 5' WRITE IT OUT Campaign a collective effort of parents who have used what they learned at a recent social media conference...

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Apps for Dyslexics and Struggling Readers

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:15 PM

This site developed by Moms of Dyslexics provides a set of apps that can support dyslexics and struggling readers. As a Mom of an adult dyslexic, I want to thank these Moms who have created this site for families that have a child with dyslexia.

 

Here are the apps they have reviewed on this site:

> Sound Literacy-$24.99 Sound Literacy can be used in conjunction with any curriculum that emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonological processing, systematic phonetic instruction, or word building with ‘meaningful word parts’.

 

> Dyslexia Quest- $1.99: The Yeti Master will take your child on an adventure while testing working memory, processing speed, visual memory, phonological awareness, auditory memory, and sequencing skills.

 

> Montessori Crosswords-$2.99: Highly rated and based on Montessori learning methods, this app will aid in the development of reading and spelling skills through phonemic awareness.

 

> Spell Trekking-Free:  Your child will learn to spell while trekking through space on the S.S. Spell Trek.

 

> Letter Quiz-Free and Full Version-$1.99: Consists of four games to help your child learn letter recognition and writing practice.

 

> Dyslexic Like Me-$1.99:  The purpose of Dyslexic Like Me is to teach the child what dyslexia is and about successful people who also have dyslexia.

 

> See Read Say-$1.99:  The visual nature of a dyslexic can make learning sight words difficult.

 

> Phonics Genius-Free:  Phonetic awareness is essential to reading and this app takes it to a new level.  The app contains thousands of words grouped into 225 phonic categories. 

 

 

 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:45 AM

Some apps for students struggling with reading or learning differences.

Greg Alchin's curator insight, November 19, 2013 5:18 PM

Harnessing the inbuilt accessibility in mobile devices such as the iPad with well designed apps is very empowering.

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How to Find Decoding Dyslexia on Facebook and Twitter - NCLD

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Are you looking for local resources? Here's a list of all the social media contacts for Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots parents movement active in 46 states.


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Greater Reading Educational Advocates

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Who do we serve?
Board Certified Education Advocates help families of children with any learning concerns. Some children may have already been identified as eligible for special education services or a 504 plan. Other children may be struggling at school and parents will want to know what they can do about it.

 

Advocacy Specialization?

Many enter the field of advocacy after enduring a period of frustration in obtaining services for a loved one.  For this reason, though educated to advocate for all, many advocates choose to limit the scope of their practice to a specific area of expertise.  At Greater Reading Educational Advocates, the primary focus is on Specific Learning Disabilites.  When receiving an evaluation from outside the educational arena, specific learning disabilities are commonly referred to as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.

 

Advocacy provided?
Clients are empowered to be self-advocates, whenever possible.  Client and an advocate decide together what advocacy is needed and steps to be taken.  You may choose to have the Advocate do everything from beginning to end or only handle certain tasks.

 

Special Education Categories?
There are 13 categories of special education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Autism
Deaf-blindness
Deafness
Emotional Disturbance
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment
Other Health Impaired
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairment


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At Greater Reading Educational Advocates, our primary focus is on Specific Learning Disabilites.  When receiving an evaluation from outside the educational arena, specific learning disabilies are commonly referred to as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.

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Dyslexic Advantage Webinar - Processing Speed, Extended Time, and Dyslexia with Dr Nicole Ofiesh - YouTube

Powerpoint PDF here: http://bit.ly/ofiesh-processing-speed Dr Nicole Ofiesh talks about the various reasons students may need extended time accommodations, a...

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@iplante : call to action: Dyslexia: The Hidden Disability TY! @cdcowen @bnpowers @benfoss @ATKSMan @tlckildonan @School_Dyslexia

@iplante : call to action: Dyslexia: The Hidden Disability TY! @cdcowen @bnpowers @benfoss @ATKSMan @tlckildonan @School_Dyslexia | Dyslexia Awareness | Scoop.it

"My opinion is we need to take a large magnifying glass to dyslexia. We need to show people the challenges, much akin to Rick Lavoie’s Fat City video. Then we need to shine the spotlight on all the great ways technology can support and enhance learning for these students, as well as the instructional methods that are proven to impact skill development.  Technology tools enable dyslexics to engage in the acquisition of knowledge while we still provide the remediation to build their skills.  Seemingly too often, skill development is the focus or just they are provided enough to get through without being provided a true opportunity to interact with the information they are accessing or knowledge they are demonstrating."


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Time to shine the spotlight on all the great ways that assistive technology can support students with dyslexia now!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:15 PM

Our friend and colleague, Sharon Plante issues a bold call to action:leverage social media to increase attention and visibility for dyslexia--Lou

 

Excerpt from Sharon LePage Plante, Director of Technology at Eagle Hill School SouthPort:

 

Currently attending #ATIA14 (Assistive Technology Industry Association) I am intrigued by the minority of sessions directly addressing the learning disabled/dyslexic population of learners.   There is great information being shared in a broader sense that definitely has implications for dyslexia, and some being shared that I wish just had flashing lights saying please use this to support kids with learning disabilities! Is this “hidden disability” just too quiet to be thought of for such an important conference? Or are educators not aware of the powerful tools to use to support dyslexic students? Whatever the reason, those in the dyslexic community (dyslexics, educators, assistive technology specialists, leaders in the field) need to come together and make dyslexia become DYSLEXIA.  There is a rumbling I hope to support the idea of #dyslexiatech.  Not that we cannot learn and share with the global assistive tech community, but like with each of the components that make that up, there are unique needs to be met for dyslexia.  Voices need to be louder and more prevalent, so that we can ensure that more students can be provided the fabulous supports that exist.

One great start is the creation of @School_Dyslexia, http://schoolofdyslexia.blogspot.com, where Jamie Martin is working to curate information from people in the field of dyslexia who are working directly with this student population. Seeing the work that an organizationslike Headstrong Nation and Dyslexic Advantage are doing along with powerful parent organizations such as @pensf, Smart Kids and theDecoding Dyslexia movement, it is obvious the voices need to become a chorus.  If we add in the continuous work of the International Dyslexia Association, Haskins Labs, and Literacy How, there is a whole musical masterpiece that could arise to uncloak dyslexia.

With the wonders of social media, there is a great avenue for all of us to connect, empower, and do what is needed to ensure that all dyslexic students have a voice, have the tools, and have the instruction that will give them success.

I encourage you to connect with the people and organizations above, as well as the following to bring the discussion of supporting students with dyslexia to a greater decibel.

Carolyn D. Cowen

Lou Salza

Theresa Collins

Ben Powers

Ben Foss

Scoop iT Topics

Students with ADHA and Learning Disabilities in independent and public schools

Dyslexia DiaBlogue "

  
Sharon LePage Plante's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:22 PM

thank you Lou! 

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Assistive Technology Makes Shakespeare Accessible

Assistive Technology Makes Shakespeare Accessible | Dyslexia Awareness | Scoop.it
Students with learning disabilities, like dyslexia, can find studying Shakespeare difficult without a lot of guidance. Assistive tech can help these students read the Bard easier.
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Lawmakers spotlight aid available for students with dyslexia Kudos to: @DD_DE14 http://www.decodingdyslexiade.org/

Lawmakers spotlight aid available for students with dyslexia Kudos to:  @DD_DE14  http://www.decodingdyslexiade.org/ | Dyslexia Awareness | Scoop.it

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn joined lawmakers at the Bear Library Monday to highlight a new law aimed at helping Delaware students with dyslexia and other decoding disabilities.



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Decoding Dyslexia-DE would like to thank Lt. Gov. Matt Denn, Senator Poore and Representative Longhurst for their support of this valuable legislation.  Things are moving forward in Delaware!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 16, 2014 11:23 AM

 

 

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"....The new rules implemented this school year provide greater access to evidence-based reading interventions for students who have not begun to read by the age of seven. Every Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for disabled students who have not begun to read must list specific interventions being provided to improve their reading skills.

Denn says the new law will help to better involve parents in the planning of their child’s education.

“What we really want is parents of kids who are seven or older who have IEP’s to bring this up at their IEP meetings,” Denn said. “We want them to bring it up at their school ‘I understand my child is entitled to an evidence-based reading curriculum, what are we doing about that?’”

Individualized Education Plans for students with trouble reading must also provide for extra reading help over the summer as part of the new law.

State Senator Nicole Poore (D-Delaware City), who co-sponsored the bill in the General Assembly, says the provision is an important step in providing a continuous education for some students who otherwise would not have retained information over the summer.

 

- See more at: http://www.wdde.org/67550-lawmakers-put-spotlight-aid-students-dyslexia-disabilities?__scoop_post=303d6ed1-3da8-11e4-8b0f-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=311171#__scoop_post=303d6ed1-3da8-11e4-8b0f-90b11c3998fc&__scoop_topic=311171

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Guide to Dyslexia

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8 Steps To Flipped Teacher Professional Development - te@chthought

8 Steps To Flipped Teacher Professional Development - te@chthought | Dyslexia Awareness | Scoop.it

"The idea here isn’t simply that educators can improve by connected through social networks–they already are doing that. Rather, that schools can decentralize the teacher training effort by cutting them loose and supporting their self-directed efforts through an array of resources. The purpose of this post, beyond clarifying some how social media-driven and self-directed teacher professional development might work, is to offer some (mostly) concrete ideas for actually getting started designing such a program in your school or district. We would love to hear any suggestions in the comments because, well, that’d be social of you."

 


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Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 28, 2014 8:17 PM

Self-directed teacher PD - designing programs for your school or district

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 31, 2014 10:44 PM

A great guide for those people looking at pursuing new professional development opportunities. 

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4 ways to advocate for your LD child under Common Core

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LD expert Ben Foss on what parents need to know to prepare for the new education standards.


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Words of wisdom from Ben Foss, author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan!

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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

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Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:40 PM

iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:44 AM

Great resources!

Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 2014 6:47 AM

This is an AMAZING compilation of apps to aid struggling readers!

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The Social Side of Advocacy: Decoding Dyslexia Conference - Learning Ally

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For the first time since the group's inception, representatives from chapters of Decoding Dyslexia all over the country met face-to-face.


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Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process | Dyslexia Training Institute Blog

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Thomas Strewler's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:12 PM

These are nice for quick reference during he process.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 20, 2014 7:28 PM

Comprehensive flowchart navigating SpEd process

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Decoding Dyslexia

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Decoding Dyslexia is a fast growing network of parents and professionals advocating for greater awareness and accommodation for dyslexia in public schools. (RT @DDTN13: Here's a great article on the Decoding Dyslexia movement!
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