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Leveraging your dyslexia The Dyslexic Advantage

My Recommendation for understanding Dyslexia. http://community.dyslexicadvantage.org/
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Interesting thoughts on labels and #dyslexia from #dyslexicadvantage

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Parenting Children with Dyslexia: Where Are You on the Journey? | International Dyslexia Association

Parenting Children with Dyslexia: Where Are You on the Journey? | International Dyslexia Association | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it

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A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia

A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, OCD, and dyslexia | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and...

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

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

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

These are nice for quick reference during he process.

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Central Access Reader-Revolutionary Screen Reader that Reads Math Accurately!

Central Access Reader (text to speech) Reads Math Accurately! Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Consultant & Trainer for Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, demonstrates this phenomenal program! CAR was released last week at the CSUN conference. 


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:34 PM

Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud. 

"Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.

Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.

The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols." Watch the video demonstration, and download CAR for FREE here:

CAR


**Alyssa Marinaccio is also the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College. 


***Visit Assistive Technology for Education, LLC for assistive technology assessments, trainings, and consultation to access education and employment.

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:31 PM

Don't miss this reader that can make a difference in math!

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Understanding Dyslexia | Healthy Emotions

Understanding Dyslexia | Healthy Emotions | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
The word ‘dyslexia’ means ‘difficulty with words or language’ and is frequently used for a child (or adult) who seems much brighter than his/her reading (Understanding Dyslexia http://t.co/6C6iSqlIFW)...

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:20 AM

Another good, provocative point of view on the advantages--and disadvantages--of being dyslexic.  As noted: dyslexics, because of the societal and educational barriers they encounter--tend to one or the other of the extremes of success.  That is why at DVFS (and schools like ours), we work to turn what could be a learning disability into a mere learning difference!

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Screen, intervene early for dyslexia - Springfield News-Leader

Screen, intervene early for dyslexia - Springfield News-Leader | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
Screen, intervene early for dyslexia Springfield News-Leader I am reading with great interest the Ready to Learn series, and was particularly struck by Claudette Riley's article April 21 asserting that early preschool may keep kids out of prison...

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DVFSchool Professional, Bill Keeney, shares: "This should be the national standard--screen and intervene.  Universally, expertly."

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:29 AM

This should be the national standard--screen and intervene.  Universally, expertly.  If we screen for hearing, vision, tb...we certainly should screen for the most common educational difficulty...

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Defining My Dyslexia

Defining My Dyslexia | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
Perhaps I’ve succeeded not despite, but because of, my disability.

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Instead of focusing on weaknesses... "A more precise definition of dyslexia would clearly identify the disabilities that go along with it, while recognizing the associated abilities as well. If the dyslexic community could popularize such a definition, then newly diagnosed dyslexics would realize that they, like everyone else, will face their futures with a range of strengths and weaknesses." 

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 23, 2013 1:36 PM

A great piece that really defines the debate over how we are to characterize "dyslexia"--is it a disability? Is it a difference (neurodiversity)? Is is a STRENGTH?  Really interesting, provocative thinking.

Leslie Buford's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:32 AM

As our school works to clarify our goals and models for teaching students to be self aware and strong self-advocates, I would love to engage them in a thoughtful analysis of this concept. They have to define the concept of dyslexia (and ADHD, autism, and any other labels they may be hung with) for themselves anyway.  

 

The media has certainly noted a correlation between these wildly creative, successful adults and learning disbailities, but I also have to wonder, does correlation equal causality?  Sucess in the world depends on work ethic and cognitive flexibility, two assets that dyslexic students absolutely have to develop if they are going to manage school, than on the completion of language intense assignments that school success requires.  Perhaps this is the essential question at the heart of the issue.  Which came first?  The non-traditonal neurology, or the assets that lead to success?  Either way, identifying and building on strength is always a better model for success that living in the shadow of deficits.  Terrific article!

 

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Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
For Wired's 20th anniversary, Steve Silberman chronicles the birth of neurodiversity -- a neologism that called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 20, 2013 10:28 AM

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"In the late 1990s, a sociologist named Judy Singer—who is on the autism spectrum herself—invented a new word to describe conditions like autism, dyslexia, and ADHD: neurodiversity. In a radical stroke, she hoped to shift the focus of discourse about atypical ways of thinking and learning away from the usual litany of deficits, disorders, and impairments. Echoing positive terms like biodiversity and cultural diversity, her neologism called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes...."

Leslie Buford's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:54 AM

The term "Neurodiversity" reflects the way we at Marburn have always thought about Learning Differences.  Until our public education system can provide educational diversity to match the neurodiversity in the world, we may be stuck with the language of deficit and disability as the passwords that allow entry into the world of "Special" education.  How can we bridge this gap?

Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:16 AM

If there were no advantages to certain ways of structuring the brain, they would have died out evolutionarily.  How can we structure education to build the skills of those kinds of brains?  Not an easy question for an enterprise built around the "fine grained" skills of literacy and numeracy...

 

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Misadventures in Spelling

Misadventures in Spelling | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it

"Dyslexia forced me to develop powers of concentration that have been invaluable throughout my career in business, philanthropy, and public life."

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 15, 2013 5:46 PM


Excerpt from a letter written by Nelson Rockerfeller:


" ....Looking back over the years, I remember vividly the pain and mortification I felt as a boy of 8, when I was assigned to read a short passage of Scripture at a community vesper service during summer vacation in Main—and did a thoroughly miserable job of it.

I know what a dyslexic child goes through—the frustration of not being able to do what other children co easily, the humiliation of being thought not too bright when such is not the case at all.
My personal discoveries as to what is required to cope with dyslexia could be summarized in these admonitions to the individual dyslexic:
- Accept the fact that you have a problem—don’t just try to hide it.
- Refuse to feel sorry for yourself.
- Realize that you don’t have an excuse—you have a challenge.
- Face the challenge.
- Work harder and learn mental discipline—the capacity for total concentration—and
- Never Quit...."

Cathy Booth's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:15 AM

I like this blog and this article quoting Rockefeller's letter is really goood.

 

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Dyslexia Sex Differences: Female Brains Are Wired Differently

Dyslexia Sex Differences: Female Brains Are Wired Differently | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
Previous neural models of dyslexia have focused heavily on male neuroanatomy, but a new study of the reading disability finds that the brains of dyslexic women are wired differently.
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Stages of Reading Development - IMSE - Journal

Stages of Reading Development - IMSE - Journal | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it

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The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia

The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
"I would often have parents say, “I think my child has dyslexia.” I would listen to their concerns, nodding my head and then when they finished speaking, I would explain that the education system d...

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, February 24, 2015 3:20 PM

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

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Should we do away with 'dyslexia'?

Should we do away with 'dyslexia'? | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
In their recently published book, The Dyslexia Debate, Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko controversially call for the term 'dyslexia' to be abandoned. They argue it is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied.

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I am not qualified to have an research-based opinion on diagnosing dyslexia, but since I work at a school for kids with language-based learning differences I am very interested to know how teachers and professionals feel about this...

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Disorder, Disability or Difference: What’s the Right Term? - NCLD

Disorder, Disability or Difference: What’s the Right Term? - NCLD | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
What’s the right term—disorder, disability or difference? In the world of learning disabilities and attention issues, it can sometimes depend on context.

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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, April 1, 2014 8:20 AM

An excellent and timely summary with sound advice for parents seeking to navigate the terminology on behalf of their kids.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 1, 2014 8:53 AM

These terms are not interchangeable.  This is a good review in how they arose in different contexts and have different implications. -Lon

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Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut

Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:24 PM

If only early diagnosis guaranteed early effective instruction or intervention!--Lou

 

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"..NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention. 

Teachers typically are the first to recognize a child is having a tough time reading, spelling, reading aloud and understanding what is being said.

"This is a map of the human genome," said Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale School of Medicine.

Now, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified two genes, that together, increase the risk for dyslexia and language disabilities.

"This is the second dyslexia risk gene," said Dr. Gruen. "It has a huge effect for risk of dyslexia, that can actually increase the risk for dyslexia almost 8 fold in the general population."

What Dr. Gruen and his research unit have pinpointed could lead to an even earlier diagnosis of kids with dyslexia and impaired language skills..."
 

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:28 PM

Very interested in where this may go ahow how it will change the face of identification.

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The Lowdown on Dyslexia

The Lowdown on Dyslexia | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it

Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can’t seem to get the ‘reading thing’ down."


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@DVFSchool, we see this every day...

"The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read slowly, have difficulty spelling, and stumble, guess or mumble through multisyllabic words. They are placed in reading groups for extra instruction and still don’t seem to ‘get it.’ And during his or her career, every teacher in every classroom in every school will ask themselves, “How can I help these children?”

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 26, 2013 8:27 AM

Good, accurate info on recognizing dyslexia.

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Orlando Bloom offers advice to kids who have dyslexia

Child Mind Institute Presents: The Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture- A Conversation with Orlando Bloom and Harold S. Koplewicz, MD Orlando Bloom offers adv...
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Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexic Advantage | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it

One of the World's Largest Communities for Dyslexia - What is Dyslexia - Dyslexia Test - Dyslexia Research - Gifted with Dyslexia


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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:13 AM

Dyslexic Advantage is having a webinar. Learn more about the ways in which the dyslexic processing style is a positive advantage in many areas of life.

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10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

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This is a lot of work to set up, and a lot of retraining (of the TEACHERS) to assess...and also very difficult to manage, given students' very wide range of skills and aptitudes in terms of technology, but also independence in setting work schedules, staying on task, meeting deadlines, etc...Worth it, but takes time and practice!

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Bill Keeney's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:21 AM

This is a lot of work to set up, and a lot of retraining (of the TEACHERS) to assess...and also very difficult to manage, given students' very wide range of skills and aptitudes in terms of technology, but also independence in setting work schedules, staying on task, meeting deadlines, etc...Worth it, but takes time and practice!

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Apps for Students | Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

Apps for Students | Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | Dyslexia Education | Scoop.it
Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech translation.
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Laura White Whiteman, CISA's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:09 AM

Technology can make such a difference for a student with dyslexia.  Get to know the apps that work best for you.

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:38 AM

what wonderful opportunities are now available for our learners... just got to reach them all more efficiently....true personalised scaffolded learning is looking closer

Joyce Pederson, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:51 AM

Parents often ask for help in locating appropriate apps for student with dyslexia. This is a great place to start!