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Dyslexia and the Law

The READ Act is the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act signed by US President Obama in February 2016. READ aims to increase dyslexia research,  improve awareness, promote early identification, and increase use of proven instructional interventions.  READ's goal is to assure a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for the 8.5 million dyslexic K-12 students, whose rights to FAPE are already protected by existing federal laws which are poorly executed at the school level.  Teachers.

Missouri passes law requiring dyslexia screening in schools in 2018-19, and dyslexia training for would-be teachers in college because dyslexia "is a disorder that is not diagnosed through the regular special education process," says Dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson.  (Aug. 10, 2016) 

Dyslexia Research Centers  TOP

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Famous Dyslexics

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity at Yale University, School of Medicine is headed by Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, M.D.s. It is the leading center for dyslexia research, diagnosis, treatment, public policy and advocacy. It also contains an index of successful dyslexics. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.  

Do Dyslexics Have an Advantage on Medical Licensing Exams? Study says, "No." (BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal, 2018)

University of Southern California    

Dyslexia Neuro Imaging Study is recruiting dyslexic participants ages 10, 11, and 12 at University of Southern California, in Orange County.  The USC Dyslexia Project will compensate participants with money and toys.  Call (323) 736-2635 or email Hadley McGregor or May Orozco at candl@loni.usc.edu.  The goal is to study how interventions improve reading outcomes and to ultimately improve dyslexia identification and treatment.  (posted 4/21/2016)

Dr. Harold Levinson's books on dyslexiz, ADHD, and Dysgraphia

Cerebellar-Vestibular Dyslexia
Dr. Harold Levinson at  Levinson Medical  treats dyslexia as a cerebellar-vestibular or inner-ear disorder. He is the author of several famous books on dyslexia, ADHD and dysgraphia diagnosis and treatment. When letters and words appear to move and reading produces seasickness, Dr. Levinson treats it with anti-motion, anti-seasickness medications. In addition, he uses a variety of targeted treatments, as symptoms dictate, incorporating the latest science on dyslexia. 

 Univ. of Michigan Dyslexia Help
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

has a Dyslexia Site.  


  The University of Michigan is recruiting for a Study on Dyslexics.    

Visual Processing and Dyslexia   TOP


Visual Evoked Potential Test

 (glasses & contacts). How it works. (2016) 

Trouble reading? Get The Visual Evoked Potential TestThe VEP measures the time that it takes a visual stimulus to travel from the eye to the occipital cortex and shows abnormalities in neural pathways (optic nerves). VEP Providers. NEWS: Livonia, Michigan Eye Doctor Discerns Source of Girl's Reading Disability with 20/20 vision.

IRLEN.com The science of lightwave sensitivity affecting visual perception. 

Dan Britton's typeface mimics dyslexia.

A presentation by Laurie Cestnick @ Harvard University. 

Auditory Processing and Dyslexia   TOP

NeuroscientistsFind DCDC2
Gene Responsible for Auditory Processing Problems in Dyslexia  (2016)  

University of Texas & Univ. of Connecticut

Dr. Paula Tallal's Video on Reading at the Speed of Speech (2010)

Fast ForWord is a program to correct an aspect of Auditory Processing Disorder that contributes to Dyslexia. 

Teaching Methods for Dyslexics  TOP

The Orton-GIllingham Method is oldest (1920s), & most used method, 
developed by Dr. Samual Orton and his assistant, Anna Gillingham.

Recipe for Reading - Orton-Gillingham Phonics Lessons

      Phonics Cards

Recipe for Reading Workbooks: K  #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  

Angling for Words - Word Lists by Spelling for O-G Language Lessons + Hook Workbooks | Angling Workbook

       Teacher's Manual for Angling for Words    Phonics Cards for Angling for Words

Understanding Affixes (the prefixes, suffixes, and roots of the English language)

Most schools have teachers trained in the Orton-GIllingham method. This method should be used, 30-minutes per day through the RtI or MTSS program in US schools, as a Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention.  

Outside sources of O-G instruction: The Masons offer free O-G training for dyslexics.  

Movies, TED Talks, & Video on Dyslexia   TOP

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. A movie by James Redford.

DECODING DYSLEXIA ( An Australian video.) 

Children of the Code:  According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 60% of K-12 school children are reading below the level of proficiency required for the brain-work of reading to be transparent to the mind-work of learning at the grade level they are in. Obviously, reading is the skill that matters most to success in school and children who fall behind in reading are in great academic danger. However, it is not just the lack of reading skills that most endangers these children. It's the collateral damage - it's the MIND-SHAME.

Dyslexia Articles   TOP    See more on the Dyslexia Articles page

Aberrant resting-state functional brain networks in dyslexia: Symbolic mutual information analysis of neuromagnetic signals (International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2-8-2018) LINK

The Dyslexic CEO:  Some of the world's most famous and important innovators were children who had great difficulty in school because they could not acquire the skills of reading and writing expected of all children. Over human evolution, the brain has enlisted a number of areas to handle the recent inventions of reading and writing, whereas oral language is hardwired. Minds that seem "defective" in the school environment are extremely creative, efficient and innovative in the business world. Explore how terrible readers became famous millionaires that changed our world. 

Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

Oton Smart Glasses Read Text Aloud

OrCam MyEye 2.0 - Wearable Tech for the Visually Impaired & Dyslexicnational Journal of Psychop

OrCam MyEye 2.0 attached to glasses, reads text, recognizes faces, symbols, and images 
OrCam MyEye attaches to eyeglass frames, can read text, and recognize faces and images.


Digital & Audio Books for Dyslexics   TOP

2- enter the ISBN of your textbook to search for the digital version
     Ex. Pre-algebra (ISBN: 9780078885150)

(2) Project Gutenberg Free Ebooks

(4) OverDrive (ebooks through your library)

(5) Librivox Free Audio Books

(7) Learning Ally (used to be Library for Blind and Dyslexic) $130./yr.

(8) Direct Text Book (shows many sources to purchase texts at lowest prices)

Free E-books on Dyslexia   TOP

(1) The Dyslexic Adult in a Non-dyslexic World by Ellen Morgan and Cynthia Klein

(2) Basic Topics in Mathematics for Dyslexics by Anne Henderson and Elaine Miles

(3) It's Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos  [Barron's Live and Learn Series for Young Readers]

(4) Dyslexia in Context - Research, Policy, and Practice by Gavin Reid and Angela Fawcett

(5) Dyslexia and Counselling by Rosemary Scott, 2018 

K-12 Schools for Dyslexic Students   TOP

Landmark School in MA: a boarding school for students with language-based learning disabilities, 
        also has programs for teachers

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