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What's your secret to writing essays? Technology workarounds for writers with dyslexia| Nursing Times

What's your secret to writing essays? Technology workarounds for writers with dyslexia| Nursing Times | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"......starting an essay or any written piece of work is made a lot trickier because I am dyslexic.

There are some people that can just sit down in front of a computer and churn out a coherent essay from start to finish. Others may prefer to write out a plan or use a mind map. I have to confess that I haven’t found a perfect system and each assignment feels like a fresh new challenge.

In the past I would have traditionally been at a disadvantage but thankfully the advent of some new technology and support has meant that I can produce written work of sufficient standard.

I talk to my computer and the text appears on the screen, my laptop then reads my articles and essays back to me. I find this a far better way of exposing errors rather than reading it thorugh. I also have the option of support from my university. When I feel I need it I can have a trained adviser go through my essay with me to ensure that my dyslexia is not becoming a barrier for me to say what I want to say.....

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Work Ethic vs. Inspiration: to think "outside the box"; take command of the "inside" of the box!

Work Ethic vs. Inspiration: to think "outside the box";  take command of  the "inside" of the box! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood."

... a concept that flies in the face of our cultural mythology about how creativity works — the idea that just showing up and doing the work, or what Jonah Lehrer calls “grit,” the same quality that Ira Glass says separates mere good taste from great work and Anne Lamott believes is the secret to telling a good story — is just as important as the notion of “inspiration” in the creative process.

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V.S. Ramachandran's Tales Of The 'Tell-Tale Brain' : NPR

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran, a pioneer in the field of visual perception, explains how his simple experiments in behavioral neurology have changed the lives of patients suffering from a variety of neurological symptoms in The Tell-Tale Brain.

In his latest, The Tell-Tale Brain, Ramachandran describes several neurological case studies that illustrate how people see, speak, conceive beauty and perceive themselves and their bodies in 3-D space.

Take, for example, the clinical phenomenon known as the "phantom limb." In the majority of cases where people have lost limbs, they continue to vividly feel the presence of the missing limb. Chronic phantom pain — which strikes roughly two-thirds of patients who have had a limb removed — can become so severe that patients seriously contemplate suicide.

Where Phantom Limb Pain Originates

Several years ago, Ramachandran proposed that phantom limb pain might be caused by changes in the brain — not, as most people thought, in the peripheral nerves near the phantom limb.

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Harvard Kennedy School - New Study Examines State Standards Reform and Student Achievement

Harvard Kennedy School - New Study Examines State Standards Reform and Student Achievement | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
All states have documents describing what students should be learning in various academic subjects at various ages. Goodman sought to determine whether increasing the quality of those written standards leads to improved student achievement. The study comes at a time when many leaders are intent on improving educational outcomes through enhanced student preparation, testing and measurement.

"Given the immense amount of time and money being spent on such efforts, it is surprising how little evidence policymakers and educators have on the impact of such standards on student achievement," Goodman writes. "Little is known...about how the quality of written standards translates into improvements in curriculum, pedagogy and student achievement."

Goodman examined data on state-level student achievement between 1994-2011, correlating achievement shifts with corresponding shifts in the quality of each state's written standards. He concluded that changes in standards have little impact on overall student achievement.

"Improved math standards do, however, raise the math achievement of 8th graders, particularly for low-scoring students," he writes. "Given the known weaknesses of U.S. middle schools, this result suggests that standards may be beneficial in settings where achievement would otherwise be low."Harvard Kennedy School - New Study Examines State Standards Reform and Student Achievement http://t.co/ThiSZtvL #hks via @Kennedy_School...

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Basile Sponsors Bill to Bring Single-sex Public Schools Back to Massachusetts | East Boston Times-Free Press

Basile Sponsors Bill to Bring Single-sex Public Schools Back to Massachusetts | East Boston Times-Free Press | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

A bill being sponsored by Representative Carlo Basile and supported by Mayor Thomas Menino would bring single-sex public education back to the Commonwealth. The bill was ordered to a third reading at the State House this week and Basile recently touted the bill on New England Cable News (NECN) last week.

“I think it is important to give parents more options for school choice,” said Basile. “While I understand it is not for everybody, single-sex public schools have worked remarkably well in other cities throughout the country like Chicago, Seattle, New York and Detroit.”

In fact, single-sex public schools or classrooms exist in about 500 locations throughout the country.

The language in the bill gives an option for school districts to opt out of single-sex public education and gives parents the choice whether or not to send their kids to a single-sex public school.

“Boston used to have single-sex public schools with the exam schools like Boys and Girls Latin so this is not unprecedented in the state’s history,” said Basile. “This bill would simply change the law so single-sex public schools are not prohibited in the state.”

In his interview with NECN, Basile explained that the bill must provide equal opportunity for both boys and girls single-sex schools in each district that decide to implement the law if passed.

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All sizes | Critical Thinking, study & questioning Skills aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy

All sizes | Critical Thinking, study & questioning Skills aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Critical thinking skills and study skills aligned with Bloom's taxonomy.


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Tom Vander Ark: education advocate, advisor, and author: The Difference Between Improvement and Innovation

Tom Vander Ark: education advocate, advisor, and author: The Difference Between Improvement and Innovation | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital:

"Both improvement and innovation start with a focus on outcomes, "What do we want students to know and be able to do?" A process improvement approach asks, "How can I do things better?" The question may be trapped within given constraints: one teacher, 30 kids, 180 days, and the mandate to get all students to an identified level of proficiency. If we start with these given conditions, the possible 'solutions' will yield only incremental improvement in results.
Innovation, on the other hand, searches for a more fundamental question like, "What sequence of learning experiences would help individual students succeed?" The explosion of new learning technologies allows us to rethink the kinds of learning experiences we can string together for and with students. Following are eight examples of innovations that rethink learning pathways and relationships:......"

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List of people diagnosed with dyslexia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of people diagnosed with dyslexia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The following is a list of people with dyslexia or who it is commonly believed suffered from dyslexia.

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First-Do no Harm: There is no magic bullet in school reform

First-Do no Harm: There is no magic bullet in school reform | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
One of the little-noticed policy continuities between the Bush and Obama administrations is their approach to public education. Both emphasize standardized tests, criticism of traditional public schools, and a strong emphasis on firing teachers and closing schools as paths to improvement. These approaches were embodied in the No Child Left Behind bill passed by bipartisan majorities in 2001.

Unfortunately, there’s little evidence these techniques actually improve education and student performance, and much evidence that it harms them. Ditto for the idea that charter school will revolutionize education; comprehensive studies show no difference in outcome between charters and the standard model.

What drives all these education reform efforts is the touching but equally faulty idea that there’s a magic bullet that will dramatically improve schools and provide every student with mastery of the curriculum and top-notch job skills. Education is a slow, often painful, lifelong process. One of the best things we could do for public schools and our kids is to keep expectations modest.

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Thank you 4: Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau: On Defining Your Own Success

Thank you  4:  Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau: On Defining Your Own Success | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"...if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." -Henry David Thoreau

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Personalized Learning Requires Effective Teaching First..Technology, Second....

Personalized Learning Requires Effective Teaching First..Technology, Second.... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, July 10, the US Department of Education (ED) hosted "What Teachers Need to Know about Personalized Learning" as part of their Teacher Summer Seminars.

 

ED describes Personalized Learning as:

Adjusting the pace of instruction so that instruction is more individualized.
Adjusting the learning approach so that instruction is differentiated.
Leveraging student interests and experiences so that learning is more... personalized.
Richard emphasized the following points in his presentation:

The traditional teaching model treats all learners the same despite unique needs and strengths.
We need a new educational model that takes classroom learning beyond a one-size fits-all mentality.
Personalized Learning is not about technology, but technology helps.
Richard gave some examples of how technology empowers personalized learning from 1:1 computing, use of handheld devices, classroom response systems, and learning management systems.

Matthew shared the wonderful examples from his classroom including a blended learning model in 7th grade Algebra class with 1:1 laptops and a project based learning in 7/8 STEM class with 1:1 laptops.

More than Technology Required

From my perspective, with this new emphasis on Personalized Learning, any special education teacher understands that Personalized Learning is not new. It's what is done everyday in special education classrooms where services and instructional delivery are designed from the needs of the individual.

This focus on Personalized Learning is exciting because we've combined the emphasis on individual needs and empowered this approach with the power of technology.

But, with our focus on technology, one should hope that educational leaders will not view the purchasing of devices as providing quick and easy solutions. More importantly, Personal Learning demands a shift in how lessons are designed, which requires certain levels of knowledge and skillsets.


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25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty | Edudemic

25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty | Edudemic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. It’s all about iPads in education, Apple’s role in the future of learning, and much more than that. Want to get the mini-issue free when it comes out? Become a subscriber today by downloading the iPad app! If you subscribe this week, you’ll get our April issue free AND the upcoming mini-issue free. Not a bad deal. That is, if you like awesome and helpful things.

So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom. You could visit the Apple App Store’s education section and peruse the many offerings… do some Google searches to figure out what’s good… or just use this print-friendly image below to get started! Following on the heels of our wildly popular Twitter Spectrum, we wanted to build an ‘iPad Spectrum’ for all our wonderful readers out there. This image can be easily shared, downloaded, and printed. Just click here to download the PDF version. Want this and even more? Look for our upcoming mini-issue in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app next week!


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Muskingum University Offers Transition Program For Incoming Students with LD - WOUB

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One university in Southeast Ohio is offering incoming students with learning disabilities or ADHD the opportunity to have a trial run at their college experience.

Muskingum University is hosting the two-week First Step Program for students to get a handle on skills before the year starts.

Eileen Henry is the executive director of the university's PLUS Program, which oversees the First Step program.

Henry says although the college has been offering the transition program for more than 15 years, this year, they've added a new component: student-produced video diaries.

"Our students will actually have a camera and be making a video diary that tells of their experience as they move on to the new adventure of college," said Henry. "In doing so, this will help them to analyze and adjust through the experience of being a college student in that they'll have to kind of shoot some film and then back up and think 'what are my priorities, what do I want to say about myself, how am I making this experience and this transition and how do I want to present it to other people?' "

Tutors work one-on-one with students to go over strategies for things like note-taking, organization and interacting with faculty. Students also take three classes focusing on the video diary, criminal justice and writing.

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3 min instructional video demos Great Speech 2 Text Dictation in Mac Mountain Lion Update

Apple has greatly improved its baseline speech-to-text (dictate) function in the new Mac OS Mountain Lion ($19.99). Works in notepad, word, email, safari, and more...

 


More on Mountain Lion from Wired magazine: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/07/deep-inside-mountain-lion-15-hidden-features-in-apples-new-os/?pid=3591&viewall=true 

 

 

 

 

 


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'Brain Bugs': Cognitive Flaws That 'Shape Our Lives' : NPR

Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano explains why our brains make mistakes when we try to remember long lists of information or add large numbers in our heads. Humans live "in a time and place we didn't evolve to live in," he says.

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Unusual Talent: Leadership Skills of Dyslexic Entrepreneurs

Unusual Talent: Leadership Skills of Dyslexic Entrepreneurs | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Professor Julie Logan shares new research about successful entrepreneurs who are dyslexic. Several common patterns were noted:

 

enjoyment working in teams communicate vision by 'painting in pictures' and telling stories talking to people and meeting face-to-face, persuasive abilities changing jobs if generating reports becomes a main focus of work delegate certain work and choosing partners who will complement you seeing the picture and using intuition to think out of the box ability to apply new knowledge, see potential

 

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Universal Design for Learning: Dr. David Rose 45 minute video, 2007 well worth your time!

Dr. David Rose on Universal Design for Learning, presented at the 2007 Federation for Children with Special Needs' Visions of Community Conference. Dr. David Rose on Universal Design for Learning, presented at the 2007 Federation for Children with Special Needs' Visions of Community Conference. Dr. Rose, co-founder of CAST (http://cast.org), is a pioneer in universal learning within the classroom. Dr. Rose is a co-author of two books with Anne Meyer (Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning and Learning to Read in the Computer Age.) Dr. Rose has also written several articles and in 2004 was named one of education's Daring Dozen by the George Lucas Educational Foundations Edutopia magazine.

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10 TED Talks That Could Be Used As Course Titles

10 TED Talks That Could Be Used As Course Titles | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

In this day and age of short attention spans, flipping of classrooms, and rethinking of education… it’s time to rethink course titles. While some schools admittedly are starting to do a better job of making course titles a bit more attractive, most are not up to par.

In an effort to give school administrators and teachers a guidepost with which they can rethink current course titles (what better time than in July, right?), I offer up the idea being shared on Twitter this morning: that we take a page from TED and offer courses using their naming schema.

In other words, make the course titles sexier, the descriptions more attractive, and get students excited to attend a class before they even step foot in the classroom for the first time.

So, without further ado, here are potential course titles that are actual TED talks / TED categories. I’ve put the actual name followed by what course it could actually be below it. Click the big title to learn more about each topic.


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Helpful Android apps for people with dyslexia

Helpful Android apps for people with dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"There are several Android apps that are very helpful for people with dyslexia. I will blog more about this later, but I will here give a short introduction to apps that I find useful in my everyday life.

The text-to-speech voice that I am currently using is developed by IVONA, at the moment these voices can be downloaded for free at Google play (her). I use the e-book reader Moon+ Reader Pro for reading E books out loud. Moon+ reader supports the most common e-book file formats; I’m mostly using epub books. I have in an earlier post shown how to convert books from Bookshare into this format. 

The last app that I will mention in this post is ezPDF Reader, this app is a good PDF reader that also enables text-to-speech...."

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Panel at Fortune Brainstorm Tech: Can Technology Fix Education?

Panel at Fortune Brainstorm Tech: Can Technology Fix Education? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
If technology can disrupt any part of the economy, education seems to be most ripe since many students aren't getting the kind of education they deserve.

Of all the areas of the economy that technology can shake, education seems the most ready because many students aren't getting the attention they deserve. At a panel at Fortune Brainstorm Tech last week, there were a lot of different opinions on what's wrong with education and what should be done.

"The need for education has never been greater," said Tony Miller, deputy secretary and COO of the US Department of Education, opening a panel on education innovation. The unemployment rate is at 13 percent for high school dropouts and 8.5 percent for high school graduates, but only at four percent for college graduates. Wages have been directly correlated with education. Two-thirds of all new jobs will require advanced degrees, Miller said. He admitted, though, that the situation is more challenging now, when only 55 percent of the people who attend college graduate in six years or fewer and only 25 percent of community college students graduate.

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Education with cup holders

Education with cup holders | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
The subject of what is and isn’t working in education is once again on the front pages of our state’s newspapers.

Regardless of your political leanings, evaluation of teachers and their unions, or opinions about what the right “fix” may be for education, it is easy to agree that our current system of education was created in reaction to a mass industrialization of this country that began well over a hundred years ago in the U.S. Take a second and Google “The Committee of Ten.” This group of ten educators came together in the late 1800s to provide recommendations to the nation in regard to the mass standardization of American education. The eight-year elementary school, four-year high school, agrarian-based school calendar, standard school subject areas and social promotion all are directly or indirectly based on this panel’s work. For the most part, what we do in all levels of education, how we organize and administrate schools and how we move students from one level to another has barely changed since 1892. Since that time, almost every educational reform movement, almost every seminal stride made in educational philosophy and practice and almost every piece of reform legislation has been superimposed, wedged into or relegated to the periphery of the Committee of Ten structure.

Mind-boggling, isn’t it? If the auto industry followed the same progress, we would still be cranking our cars in the morning before our daily commute. While many of the crank car drivers are dedicated, intelligent and caring drivers, and while the crank car may well be successful in getting us from point A to B, we know that today’s car consumers expect and need more. We have an education system without cup holders.

In their recent book “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning,” authors Schwahn and McGarvey describe an educational system that is a bastion of the Industrial Age. The authors argue that with all the amazing educational research and data currently available, all the technological advances that allow content to be delivered efficiently and all we know about who learners are and how they learn, “it is now possible to meet the needs of each learner. Let’s stop tinkering with the current Industrial Age delivery system … (and) leapfrog to the Information Age and beyond.”

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Education Reform: U.S. schools making little progress in improving student achievement

Education Reform: U.S. schools making little progress in improving student achievement | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
We haven't heard much of late about why Johnny can't read but a study released by Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance indicates U.S. students aren't making progress in catching up to their peers in other industrialized countries.

"The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy," a report by the Council on Foreign Relations concluded earlier this year.

"Overall, U.S. educational outcomes are unacceptably low."

The PEPG report cites another study that found a strong correlation between math scores and a country's gross domestic product.

"Because rates of economic growth have a huge impact of the future well-being of the nation, there is a simple message: A country ignores the quality of its schools at its economic peril.

"Some would excuse the mediocre U.S. performance by claiming that it provides a more equal education to a much more diverse population than other countries do. It is claimed that test scores in the United States are lower than those in many other countries because they are not providing an education to all their students," the study said.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/07/22/Education-Reform-US-schools-making-little-progress-in-improving-student-achievement/UPI-62731342947660/#ixzz21SUJnrFr

 

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Inequality, education and innovation: U.S. higher on the first, slipping on the other two

Inequality, education and innovation: U.S. higher on the first, slipping on the other two | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"..During a period marked by historic tax cuts and federal-state disinvestment in education, the U.S. has slipped in average education attainment (largely provided by taxes and government) and there are signs it may be slipping in innovation too.

The U.S. has dropped to 10th on the Global Innovaton Index, behind nations such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the U.K. and the Netherlands, all with much superior economic security entitlement. The index is an annual analysis published by Insead, an international business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, a United Nations Agency. The index is comprehensive and takes into account dozens of factors, including business sophistication, human capital and research, and creative output.

I like the analysis on these rankings by Education Week blogger Jason Tomassini, who says this:

"So, if we didn't know already, in order to create innovators through education we need to increase rigor in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math instruction; teach students business acumen and entrepreneurship; and lower class sizes. Get to it!

Oh, and there's another factor we should watch out for: We are No. 2 in the world in video uploads to YouTube. According to the Global Innovation Index, this is a good thing, but I can't see the harm in dropping a few spots before next year."

Let's allow that there might be a trade-off for public-sector size and private-sector growth rates, and in the extreme too much government and prohibitive tax rates might well stifle creativity and incentive. I personally think people tend to be more creative and productive when they are relatively secure, and know they will have health care and enough to eat, even if they take a risk and fail. That's how a retired Swedish businessman explained it to me when I visited there three years ago, as I wrote in an op-ed column inspired by his creative analogy of economic efficiency to humane handling of hunting dogs.

--Dane Smith

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The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
As of yesterday, a year-old startup may well have become the most important experiment yet aimed at remaking higher education for the Internet age.

 

At the very least, it became the biggest.

 

A dozen major universities announced that they would begin providing content to Coursera, an innovative platform that makes interactive college classes available to the public free on the web. Next fall, it will offer at least 100 massive open online courses -- otherwise known as MOOCs*-- designed by professors from schools such as Princeton, CalTech, and Duke that will be capable of delivering lessons to more than 100,000 students at a time.


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Education: A long view on learning disabilities - Palo Alto Online

Education: A long view on learning disabilities - Palo Alto Online | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
After nearly a half-century of working with learning disabilities, Pat Morrissey and Carolyn Compton have witnessed every trend -- as well as the birth of an industry.

Special education didn't even have a name when Morrissey was hired by the Palo Alto Unified School District in 1964 to teach in a "reading program" for struggling students.

Fast forward to today: Bright kids who once would have fallen through the cracks because they "couldn't read" can get diagnosed and taught compensatory techniques -- including use of technology tools -- to help them get through college and beyond.

Take a client, seen by Morrissey and Compton since he was 8, who's now a 37-year-old corporate manager with degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California. He still uses technology tools to mitigate his trouble with reading and writing.

"He spends maybe three hours more than the average person to get something out, but when he gets it out it's first-class," Compton said.

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