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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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10 Lessons Learned Along Road To School Reform: Hartford, CT

10 Lessons Learned Along Road To School Reform: Hartford, CT | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

It was an inspirational photo opportunity at the signing of the long-awaited education reform bill Tuesday at the Capitol when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared "the long debate is over and the new beginning has just begun."

"We will win this battle. We will improve our schools," Malloy told jubilant educators, legislators and business leaders. "We are going to make this happen."

In the end, the governor got at least a taste of much of what he wanted. Teacher unions blocked some of the most radical changes and slowed the pace of the governor's plans. More spending continues to be a large part of the solution.

 

But what have we really accomplished with all this talk about how to fix Connecticut's lowest-performing schools? What lessons were learned in the much-hyped year of education reform?

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Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Debates:

Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Debates: | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Watch Talks, Lectures, Debates, Presentations, and Interviews. Collection of stunning video material from various renowned authors. Includes lectures from Chomsky and Robinson.

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Kaya Henderson Persists On DC Education Reform

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For years, the public debate in D.C. focused relentlessly on education reform, with battles over how to handle everything from teacher evaluations and test scores to union contracts. But there's been a shift with almost all the attention now on the ongoing corruption investigations.D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the investigations have not taken away the focus from education reform, even though her efforts to improve the school district aren't front-page news anymore.

She says a few years ago education reform got so much attention because people didn't understand why certain decisions were made, and it was "upsetting and traumatic" to them.

Henderson says DCPS is trying to change that. "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."

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Children’s Ed. Technology: Partnerships, Products & Prototypes – Post by Julie Brannon |Digital Media Diet

Children’s Ed. Technology: Partnerships, Products & Prototypes – Post by Julie Brannon |Digital Media Diet | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

People often disagree about which subjects schools should teach, but nearly everyone agrees that children must learn reading, writing and arithmetic. The United States invests considerable resources in making sure that students are learning these basic subjects, and yet schools still fall behind – especially schools with a higher percentage of lower income children.

 

In a 2010 report called Raising Readers: A Story of Success, published by PBS KIDS in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and funded by the United States Department of Education Ready to Learn grant (RTL), researchers report great success using digital media to teach children literacy skills. It also explains that during fourth grade (ages 9-10 years) schools begin to move from teaching children to “learn to read” to teaching children to “read to learn,” while focusing on additional subjects such as history and science. If children do not learn to read at grade level by this time, they are at a lifetime disadvantage. Researchers are finding that many children are not ready for fourth grade.

 

This lack of readiness has been called the “fourth grade reading slump.” (See Getting Over the Slump, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2008.) The Raising Readers report also states, “Fourth grade literacy rates are directly tied to high school dropout rates, which are the most cited predictors of crime, low income and reliance on social services.” The message is that students must learn these basic skills early and then they must be engaged and motivated to stay in school and continue learning. There is great hope that new programs, along with innovations in technology, can help with both ...


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Cool web site: Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality: “All Ideas Are Second-Hand”

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"Steve Jobs, of course, knew this when he famously proclaimed that “creativity is just connecting things” — and Kirby Ferguson reminds us that Jobs didn’t technically invent any of the things that made him into a cultural icon, he merely perfected them to a point of genius. Still, this fear of unoriginality — and, at its extreme, plagiarism — plagues the creative ego like no other malady. No one has countered this paradox more eloquently and succinctly than Salvador Dalí:

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."   

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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

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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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Summer Dyslexia Tutoring | Dyslexia Connect Online Tutoring

Summer Dyslexia Tutoring | Dyslexia Connect Online Tutoring | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Summer is a great time to sign up for an online dyslexia tutor. Our online dyslexia tutoring program can help your child make great progress....online dyslexia tutoring provides a focused, phonics-based approach that is tremendously effective in helping students progress in reading, spelling, comprehension and writing. Our dyslexia tutors are fully trained and enthusiastic about teaching. We have a passion for helping dyslexic individuals progress, and this comes through in every aspect of our tutoring program.

Our dyslexia tutors work with individuals of all different ages and levels. We offer a free 45 minute session for anyone who wishes to try our online tutoring program.

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Christian Science Monitor: A little book has a big impact on how to run a charity

Christian Science Monitor: A little book has a big impact on how to run a charity | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Mario Morino wrote a little book that's had a big effect – urging nonprofit groups to prove that they're really doing what they say they're doing.

Morino sits on the board of the Lawrence School in Cleveland, which helps children with learning difficulties. The headmaster, Lou Salza, calls Morino his "intellectual godfather." "This is high-stakes, high-risk education," Mr. Salza says. "Many of these students aren't going to get another chance. We need to know that what we're doing works." While the subject of "Leap of Reason" is "managing to outcomes" – a topic that sounds almost as exciting as "101 uses for duct tape" – the book is, in fact, a bracing call to arms. In an era of tight funding, Morino argues, nonprofits – such as charities and service organizations promoting the public good – need to prove that they are doing what they say they are doing. Nonprofit groups "really have to go through a transformation, whether we want to or not, if we want to have a society left," says Morino, whose Venture Philanthropy Partners invests in groups in the Washington, D.C., area that serve low-income children. "He's been almost a kind of prophet in the field," says Billy Shore, chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, which is working to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015.

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10 Ways to Optimize Your iPad for Kids With Special Needs - Mashable

10 Ways to Optimize Your iPad for Kids With Special Needs - Mashable | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

When we think about ways the iPad has changed the world, our minds usually shoot to publishing, entertainment, or mobile communication.

For the community of people living with disabilities, the iPad may have broken even more ground. The iOS device is not only cool, but provides education, therapy and, of course, entertainment.

Last summer, Mashable explored ways iPads are making these changes. Now we’re following up with Sami Rahman, the father of 4-year-old Noah and co-founder of BridgingApps, the Internet’s largest database of special needs app and reviews.

Noah began using his iPad when he was two and was assessed to be 12 months behind with language and cognition. Within four months, he was on par for his age. Now, two years since he began using the iPad, he is 15 months ahead developmentally, can read English and Arabic, and is learning Mandarin.

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Cassidy, Stark to Host Dyslexia Movie Screening | Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D.

Cassidy, Stark to Host Dyslexia Movie Screening | Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Pete Stark (D-CA) will host a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. This is the first major event for the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, of which Congressmen Cassidy and Stark are co-chairs.

"Dyslexia is a major learning disability which affects nearly 20% of Americans," said Congressman Cassidy. "By raising awareness of dyslexia we can change the way we educate our children and assist millions of children get on the path to success."

"My motivation in starting the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus with Rep. Bill Cassidy is both personal and professional," said Congressman Stark. "My family has learned about the disability - and the misunderstandings that surround it - through my young son's experience with dyslexia.

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For those who ever failed language classes! Vocre: Free Voice Translation app- | App Chronicles

For those who ever failed language classes! Vocre: Free Voice Translation app- | App Chronicles | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"There are a few translation apps out there that claim to get the job done when it comes to cross language communication issues. Vocre is one such app put out by the folks at mylanguage, and it’s quite impressive. With Vocre, 2 people speaking 2 completely different language."

 

NOTE: Free for a limited time.


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