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Free Early Learning Resources: Get Ready to Read!- National Center for Learning Disabilities

Free Early Learning Resources: Get Ready to Read!- National Center for Learning Disabilities | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

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The Top Apps for Learners who Struggle with Text!

The Top Apps for Learners who Struggle with Text! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton lists the top apps for students who struggle with text. Just 13 more ways to level the playing field!

 

> Paperport:  Note-taking app with audio and voice recognition

> Text Grabber:  Turn hard copy to readable PDF

> Cloudon:  Do equations and other math on the iPad

> Type on PDF:  Complete tests on the iPad; import PDF's form Dropbox

> Abilipad:  Word prediction with TTS

> Nebulous Notes:  Text editor; integrates with DropBox

> AudioNote:  Combine typed and handwritten notes with built in mic to record voice.

> Dragon Dictation:  Easy to use voice recognition; use "Speak Selection" to read dictated work.

> vBookz PDF Voice Reader:  TTS for reading PDF files

> GoodReader:  Offers TTS for text files; works with DropBox

> Idea Sketch: Create mind map and turn it into an outline.

> Book Creator: Create and share multimedia projects on the iPad

> Side by Side:  Split iPad screen into up to customizable "windows"

 

 


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Skater Amanda Evora found her voice on the ice: dyslexia made communication difficult

Skater Amanda Evora found her voice on the ice: dyslexia made communication difficult | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
It took Amanda Evora a little while to find her voice.

When the 6-year-old first strapped her older sister’s pair of skates, she was still at the early end of years’ worth of classes to deal with dyslexia that made communication difficult and caused her father to push her toward more individual sports.

Yet here she is, speaking tonight at The News-Press All-Area Stars Banquet two decades later as an accomplished figure skater fresh off of her first Olympic appearance.

“When you make it to the Olympics, you never realize the other opportunities that come with it,” said Evora, 27, who is back at home in Bradenton. “It gives you a voice that people will listen to. It’s quite interesting, because I never really felt comfortable with public speaking.

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Q&A: Early detection and treatment of dyslexia | Washington Examiner

Q&A: Early detection and treatment of dyslexia | Washington Examiner | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Not long ago, the conventional wisdom about testing a child for reading problems was to wait until second grade (age 8), because that's when reading skills get up to speed -- or not -- and when dyslexia could be diagnosed.

Things have changed. Studies show it's possible to identify children as young as 3 who are at risk for dyslexia, and the chance of a child succeeding is much greater if he or she receives early treatment! Simple visual attention tasks that ask a child to pick out certain symbols and filter relevant from irrelevant information can indicate processing problems. And MRIs can help confirm a diagnosis by identifying differences in brain activity in regions that detect and discriminate between speech sounds, which seem to be precursors to reading problems.

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Richard Branson's Dyslexia | Famous People With DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia

Richard Branson's Dyslexia | Famous People With DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Richard Branson left school at 15 years old. Because of his Dyslexia school could not hold his interest. Having brilliant ideas and seeing where there were needs in the market? He was much more suited to that. Despite his Dyslexia, he started a student news publication at 17. This publication was marketed to different schools, but the students would be the focus, not the schools themselves. Branson got the genius idea to sell advertising. Major companies bought advertising space in this student publication, and with some help from his mother the newspaper was launched.

Branson had a gift for seeing holes in the market and the ambition to fill them. He was a person who would never be held back by anything. Fighting through his challenges in school seemed to have given him the ability to either move an obstacle out of his way or simply go around it. He saw a need for records students could afford, and he started a small mail order delivery system. The response was even larger than he could have imagined. He got so many orders he needed a physical store to handle everything. The store was a tiny little shop called Virgin Records. The first months rent was not even paid before the store was opened. Branson was good enough at business to know traffic would bring customers.

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What speed do you read?

What speed do you read? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

I took this quick  reading speed test to compare my silent reading pace to the "national average". I read the sample passage at 345 words a minute which according to this test is the speed of an average 11th grader.  Most assistive technology readers like Read and Write Gold and Kurzweil set a default speed of about 150 words a minute. Oral reading requires more time than silent reading. 

 

It is nice to know that at least on this test, after over 3 decades of serving as a teacher, tutor, supervisor, division head, assistant principal, and headmaster,in high schools from Massachusetts to Hawaii, I am finally 'closing' on  graduating High School! 

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Reforming D.C.'s Schools: The Henderson Doctrine

Reforming D.C.'s Schools: The Henderson Doctrine | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Ever since Kaya Henderson took over as chancellor of D.C.'s public schools, she's quietly gone about continuing in the footsteps of Michelle Rhee, her former boss.

But unlike Rhee, she has studiously avoided the media—and said very little about the work that Rhee did.
Until now. Over the weekend, Henderson gave WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza what we're going to call her philosophy on running the city's schools—and a not-so-veiled critique at how Rhee went about it.
"We at least try to share with people before we make huge decisions about the 'what' and the 'why'" she says. "So I think people have a clearer rationale as to what we're doing."
She also says media outlets aren't as interested in the nitty-gritty details of education reform.
"You cannot reform your school district in the spotlight of the national press," says Henderson. "You have to sit down with the people who are on the ground holding hands to do the messy difficult work together. And that is not headline grabbing."
Of course, not everyone is happy about the way Henderson has gone about the job she inherited from Rhee. The Examiner Jonetta Rose Barras says that she's been too timid in doing the hard work of making D.C.'s public schools better:

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Instructor Presence in the Online Class – Key to Learner Success

Instructor Presence in the Online Class – Key to Learner Success | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Part 1 in a 3 part series on the  concept of ‘Presence’ in the Online Classroom. "Instructor presence in the online environment can be elusive as a shadow – ....instructor presence in online learning communities is vital to ‘complete learning’ (by complete I mean student engages with content, applies higher order thinking skills, and produces tangible evidence that learning objectives are met). In the virtual environment the instructor needs to be ‘real’, 3 dimensional, have a personality, be the subject matter expert and as if this isn’t enough, help the student achieve the learning goals in this virtual space. A tall order. In this post I’ll share why and how instructor [virtual] presence is critical, essential instructional design components to facilitate presence, and strategies used by instructors that demonstrate presence so the student feels as if the professor is ‘there’."


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Science of Spatial Learning - U.S. News & World Report

Science of Spatial Learning - U.S. News & World Report | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Science of Spatial LearningU.S. News & World Report... research on spatial skills and spatial learning has been fragmented.

The goal of the center is to develop the science of spatial learning, and to transform educational practices by finding new ways to help children and adults acquire spatial skills in order for them to be successful in high technology fields. Temple University is the center’s lead institution, with research partners at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.

The center, now in its sixth year, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Learning Center. The NSF supports the center with about $4 million annually over ten years.

Until recently, research on spatial skills and spatial learning has been fragmented. For example, spatial language researchers didn’t interact with researchers studying maps and diagrams, and neither communicated with scientists assessing individual differences in fundamental spatial skills. The center hopes to involve scientists across multiple disciplines.

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24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing

24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

A list of the best educational iPad apps for kids in reading and writing.

"As I started a go-to list of the best educational iPad apps for kids, the list got so long, I split up my posts into categories. So, today we’ll start with my favorite iPad apps for literacy — reading and writing for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids. Also, I’ve included special needs iPad app resources at the end of this post."


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Assessing the needs of dyslexic students through shared stories — NewsWorks

Assessing the needs of dyslexic students through shared stories — NewsWorks | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

New Jersey families are having a hard time getting public schools to recognize the symptoms of dyslexia in their children and to provide approprite resources for them.
That's one thing we learned at a town hall forum in Cherry Hill on Monday.
About 40 residents from the surrounding communities met up at NewsWorks' invitation at the Cherry Hill Public Library to sound off about the topics they want us to cover in the places where they live. Education was a major topic of discussion, and schools' response to dyslexia popped up frequently.
We want to open up a discussion for readers: What are your experiences with dyslexia in public schools — in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware? Are you finding access to the resources you need for your child? Are you coping with dyslexia yourself?
Share your story in the comments below.
The essential problem is summed up by one mother on the The Dyslexia Center of Princeton website: It comes down to the difference between a "therapeutic diagnosis" and an "educational classification."
Therapeutic diagnoses are made by doctors so they can help a child succeed in all aspects of life. The public schools' interests, however, lie in maintaining a certain standard in the classroom only.
If a child's learning style restricts academic potential, he or she may be classified as having a learning disability. But a grassroots movement known as Decoding Dyslexia - NJ holds that the "learning disability" classification doesn't go far enough and doesn't give students access to the specific tools and strategies that will help.
A New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force has been set up to research current services available to New Jersey's students who struggle with learning to read and is expected to make recommendations to the governor in July.

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Thomas L. Friedman: Come the Revolution:Welcome to the college education revolution.

Thomas L. Friedman: Come the Revolution:Welcome to the college education revolution. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Through ventures like Coursera, world-class learning is coming at bargain-basement prices. Andrew Ng is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, and he has a rather charming way of explaining how the new interactive online education company that he cofounded, Coursera, hopes to revolutionize higher education by allowing students from all over the world to not only hear his lectures, but to do homework assignments, be graded, receive a certificate for completing the course and use that to get a better job or gain admission to a better school.

“I normally teach 400 students,” Ng explained, but last semester he taught 100,000 in an online course on machine learning. “To reach that many students before,” he said, “I would have had to teach my normal Stanford class for 250 years.”

 

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BREAKING NEWS & CALL TO ACTION: DSM-5 Proposed Revisions Remove the Term Dyslexia

BREAKING NEWS & CALL TO ACTION: DSM-5 Proposed Revisions Remove the Term Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

What are the concerns?

Many members of the International Dyslexia Association and dyslexia communities were heartened by inclusion of the term dyslexia in an earlier round of proposed DSM-5 revisions (click here to see previous draft revisions).

However, many view this latest round of revisions—which now omit the term dyslexia—as a significant step backward and worry that this omission will (a) perpetuate lack of recognition and understanding of dyslexia and (b) contribute to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Some also see a chasm between current proposed DSM-5 revisions and growing dyslexia legislation and policies (e.g., see eXaminer articles, “Dyslexia Legislation Passes in Ohio” and “Dyslexia Comes to Congress: A Call to Action”)....

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Five of the most popular and highly rated education apps available for the iPad

Five of the most popular and highly rated education apps available for the iPad | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Five of the most popular and highly rated education apps available for the iPad to help stimulate students through fun and engaging educational games

 

The iPad is one of the most popular technological innovations of recent years, in part because of its enormous selection of apps that people can use in virtually every area — from personal finance and health to social networking and gaming.

In response to the importance of technology to education, numerous educational apps are being developed (often by teachers) to add another dimension to the classroom experience. One of the best ways to engage with students is through stimulating and educational games, and there are now a variety of such games available for the iPad. The following is a list of five widely used and highly reviewed educational games. They have each won significant awards or distinctions because of their popularity and the impact they have on learning, and should therefore be considered by any teacher looking to incorporate technology into his or her classroom.


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Anesthesia in children linked to learning disabilities?

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Boston—The jury is still out on the effects of anesthesia in children who undergo surgery at a young age, according to Constance S. Houck, MD. Multiple animal studies have demonstrated neuroapoptosis and long-term learning deficits in young animals after administration of general anesthesia, but population-based studies in humans have been far less clear.

A higher incidence of learning disabilities has been found in a cohort of children who have had multiple anesthetics before the age of 4 years but it is unclear whether this is due to effects of the anesthetic or other underlying medical issues that necessitated the multiple surgeries, said Dr. Houck, senior associate in perioperative anesthesia, Children’s Hospital Boston and associate professor of anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

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Top 20 Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Teachers in the Classroom

Top 20 Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Teachers in the Classroom | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school.

These are the education apps most listed by educators on Appolicious.


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Intern'l Dyslexia Assoc. tries Guinness Wrld Record: reading 1 book in a reading relay in 1 day.

Intern'l Dyslexia Assoc. tries Guinness Wrld Record: reading 1 book in a reading relay in 1 day. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has partnered with more than 25 schools around the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people reading a single book in a reading relay in one day.
The Extreme Reading Relay, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, is a national awareness campaign and fundraising event that will bring together more than 400 students in an attempt to break the current record of 415 people as noted on http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com. The record was set by the Prepa Tecnológico de Monterrey high school in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 23, 2011.
In this historic celebration of literacy, students will demonstrate that all struggling readers can learn to read successfully and become lifelong learners. The participants will read The Sword of Darrow, a middle grade fantasy novel co-authored by Hal Malchow and his son, Alex. When they began writing the novel in 2002, Alex, then eight years old, was struggling with a serious learning disability and could not read at all. The family contributes all royalties from the book, which is available on the IDA’s website, http://www.interdys.org.

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Dooley overcame hurdles for Olympic flight: the dyslexia that confused and frustrated him

Dooley overcame hurdles for Olympic flight:  the dyslexia that confused and frustrated him | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Sports: Dooley overcame hurdles for Olympic flight | dooley, trampoline, really, school, world, dyslexia, nancy, way, logan, cup...

 

Dooley realized at a young age that the trampoline could propel him to a place of refuge and discovery.
Soaring 15, eventually 20, 25 feet above the rest of us, he found peace and comfort on the edge. For hours Dooley bound repeatedly up into a place above the dyslexia that confused and frustrated him and the classmates who made his life miserable because of it. He was empowered as he flew higher into a place where he would be defined not by dyslexia, not by others, but by his own courage and imagination, limited only by gravity.
"When you're on the trampoline your body is the only thing that affects you," Dooley said. "If you get loose, you get crazy, you're flying off the trampoline, you're getting hurt. That's the physics behind trampoline. If stay in control, you're tight, you're doing your stuff, nobody can touch you. You're 25 feet above everybody else. It is a natural high."
In that rare air, Dooley found clarity to his world below. In his triple-flipping, double-twisting flights of self-discovery, he came to a realization that would change his life (and the lives of others): Sometimes being different also means you're special.
Dooley, a 24-year-old from Lake Forest, looks to lock up a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games at next month's U.S. championships in San Jose and is widely regarded as the best hope yet to secure Team USA's first ever Olympic trampoline medal. Already Dooley has made his sport, long dismissive of American trampoline athletes at the international level, take notice. Dooley's victory in a 2009 World Cup event in Ostend, Belgium, was the first ever World Cup victory by an American.
"That was a big breakthrough," said Peter Dodd, who, along with Robert Null, coaches Dooley at World Elite Gymnastics in Lake Forest. "And it changed the whole international outlook for the U.S.
"Before it was," Dodd continued, his voice taking a dismissive tone, "'Oh, the U.S.' Now it's 'Oh, shoot! It's the U.S.'"
The international trampoline community would not be the first group to mistakenly underestimate Dooley.
On his flight toward London, Dooley has not only overcome his struggle with dyslexia, but the disappointment of narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic team, a battle with often career-ending, potentially dangerous lost skill syndrome, the pressure of being the poster boy for his sport, and a knee injury that will likely require surgery after the Olympics. He has tackled all of it with the strength and resiliency he first found as a young boy trying to rise above the confusion of dyslexia and the schoolyard taunts that echoed through his frustration.

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What People Are Saying | Venture Philanthropy Partners

What People Are Saying | Venture Philanthropy Partners | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

One year ago today, we launched Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity via the email blast below. I’ve also included one of the first inbound comments we received literally minutes after the blast went out and suggest it is worth reflecting on. We certainly did not comprehend then what we would experience in the months ahead, for the reaction has been surprising and certainly well beyond anything we envisioned.

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UDL: based on learning sciences research: Next big thing in ED reform? eSchool News via @tperran | @scoopit http://bit.ly/...

UDL: based on learning sciences research: Next big thing in ED reform? eSchool News via @tperran | @scoopit http://bit.ly/... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible?UDL, according to CAST, is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.
Recognizing that the way each student learns can be unique, the UDL framework, first defined by CAST in the 1990s, calls for creating curriculum that provides:

Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge;
Multiple means of expression to give learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know; and
Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners’ interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn.
“Across the country, many educators, school districts, and states have discovered that UDL is not only a great way to improve daily classroom instruction while personalizing learning for each student, but also an effective way to implement Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top-funded initiatives, and other education reforms,” said the National Center on UDL in a statement.
According to the new two-part study, conducted with the support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and titled “Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Initiatives on the Move,” all states now have UDL initiatives, and more than 150 school districts report using federal funding for UDL activities.


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Reading In American Schools: Will Common Core State Standards Improve Literacy? - Huffington Post

Reading In American Schools: Will Common Core State Standards Improve Literacy? - Huffington Post | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of academic benchmarks aimed at raising the bar for teaching and learning across the country.

But as John Merrow reports for PBS News, meeting the new requirements won't be easy for many schools, as a long-taught reading curriculum for young children still learning to sound out words doesn't comply with the Common Core's guidelines for emphasis on nonfiction in literacy education.

Across the country, 65 percent of eighth graders do not meet grade level expectations in reading. And according to a report out in March, the average reading level of teens in grades 9-12 is 5.3 -- barely above the fifth grade.

Those results come from "What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools," a report by Renaissance Learning, Inc. The data covers book-reading records for the 2010-2011 academic year among 2.6 million students in grades 1-12 from 24,465 schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

To determine a book's level of complexity, Renaissance uses an ATOS readability formula that takes into account several predictors: average sentence length, average word length, word difficulty level and total number of words in a book or passage. While readability formulas can't say much for the depth of literary aspects within a text, they offer objective measures of vocabulary and sentence complexity.

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Landmark School in Massachusetts: Changing the Course of Dyslexia

Landmark School in Massachusetts: Changing the Course of Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
President and headmaster Bob Broudo of Landmark School passionately believes that we have a civic responsibility to help students with language-based learning disabilities discover who they are as learners and how they can learn.

Into my office walked Charles—a 6’2” sculpted football player from Mississippi with a cherubic face and infectious smile. After some small talk, I asked Charles what he wanted to do. He said, “All I want to do is learn and find a way to give back to my family and community.” Charles was reading at a second grade level, and was asked to take a certificate of attendance from his high school because he didn’t meet the requirements for graduation. We tested Charles, we knew we could teach him, and we gave him a scholarship to Landmark School, a learning community for students with language-based learning disabilities.

After some small talk, I asked Charles what he wanted to do. He said, “All I want to do is learn and find a way to give back to my family and community.”
Charles was the gentlest powerhouse of a young person I had ever met. He immediately reached out to other students who were sitting alone in the dining room, helped a faculty member to move into an apartment, and did anything and everything asked of him. Charles took total advantage of our 1:1 tutorial, small classes, and case management system, and was proud of his steady growth as a learner. On graduation day, Charles walked across the stage to thunderous applause. He took his diploma, enveloped me in a bear hug, and proceeded across the stage with arms raised high above his head. Now a college graduate and businessman, Charles shares his same gifts with his broader community and has found many ways to give back.

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Congressional Panel on Dyslexia Signals Important Change | Childswork Blog | Child Therapy & Special Needs

Congressional Panel on Dyslexia Signals Important Change | Childswork Blog | Child Therapy & Special Needs | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

Dyslexia is more often than not misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Children and adults with dyslexia are often just as capable academically as their peers, but the trouble that they have in interpreting words written on a page prevents them from reaching their potential without intervention. Over the years, I have routinely had students in my community college classroom that struggled through high school because of the challenges presented by undiagnosed dyslexia. By and large, once these students receive the help that they need (often in high school) they begin to excel. However, years of not knowing what was wrong with them led to poor grades that prevent them from going to any other school. It’s a tragedy. One that two Congressmen, Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Pete Stark (D-CA), hope to prevent in the future.

Cassidy and Stark are both parents of dyslexic children. With firsthand knowledge of the struggles that these students face, they have teamed up to create the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. This caucus, the first of its kind, aims to promote dyslexia awareness and highlight the issues, opportunities, and challenges that need to be addressed by schools in order to eliminate the current barriers to success in place for students with dyslexia.

 

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is in full support of Cassidy and Stark’s move citing the many problems that the current education system creates for dyslexic students and their families:

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Academy Award Winner Launches DYSLEXIA-VILLE: Tools and Resources to Kids with Dyslexia

Academy Award Winner Launches DYSLEXIA-VILLE: Tools and Resources to Kids with Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Academy Award Winner Launches DYSLEXIA-VILLE Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Interactive Tools and Resources to Kids with Dyslexia Filmmaker, Academy Award winner and dyslexic, Peggy Stern announced today that she and her team are launching a Kickstarter campaign to co-fund the creation of DYSLEXIA-VILLE, an online experience for children struggling with Dyslexia. The campaign aims to raise at least $60,000, which will support the completion of this newly created interactive online destination. The site is visually intuitive, easy to navigate and equipped with audio aids for struggling readers.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/Academy-Award-Winner-Launches-DYSLEXIA-VILLE-3561752.php#ixzz1v7vaNc00

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CALL TO ACTION: the eXaminer - International Dyslexia AssociationMay 2012

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IDA Leaders Respond to Education Week Article on Wisconsin Legislation

A handful of states are gradually adopting licensing tests that measure aspiring elementary teachers' ability to master aspects of what's arguably their most important task: teaching students to read. In the most recent example of what appears to be a slow but steady push, Wisconsin became the latest state to adopt a rigorous, stand-alone test of elementary teachers' knowledge of the science of reading.

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