Books by and for Dyslexics

Untether is by JT Mestdagh,  who was born with  daunting health problems and severe learning challenges.  Unable to read at the end of 5th grade, he was asked to leave his private school. At 23, JT has graduated college and climbed mountains, but every year, he had to fight for his life.  JT penned his story to inspire you to live in miracles, too.   "Nothing is impossible with God! Just ask Him!"   Read or listen today!

In addition to Henry Winkler's work as an actor (Fonzie on Happy Days), he is also an accomplished children’s author, with two new books in 2019, featuring Hank Zipzer, a schoolboy with dyslexia dubbed “The World’s Greatest Underachiever.” Winkler has dyslexia, writes for children who are have similar experiences with dyslexia and encourages them to realize their greatness. See All of Henry Winkler's Books

Henry Winkler Book Collection  |  Niagara Falls, Or Does It? #1 (Hank Zipzer)  | Hank Zipzer Collection of 17 

Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank)  |  Hooray! My Butt Left the Bench! #10 (Here's Hank)


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) 


(2023) California weighs mandatory dyslexia screening.

(2023) W. Virginia House approves bill to help with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

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.

Dyslexia Research Centers

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)

    Performance of candidates disclosing dyslexia with other candidates in a UK medical licensing examination: cross-sectional study

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)

University of California - San Francisco  (2023)

UCSF Dyslexia Center and the UCSF-UCB Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center

The University of Michigan is recruiting for a Dyslexia Study.    


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor's  Dyslexia Site

Univ. of Michigan Dyslexia Help

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. 

Visual Processing and Dyslexia

Dyslexia treatment with colored lenses 

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

The Dyslexia Dilemma: RAD Lenses improve reading  by Kentucky Educational Television (2007)

Trouble reading? Get The Visual Evoked Potential Test. The 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. 

ChromaGen lenses for Dyslexia (Roseville, California) Dr. Thomas Swan


A presentation by Laurie Cestnick @ Harvard University. 



Auditory Processing and Dyslexia

Auditory Processing Disorder 

NeuroscientistsFind DCDC2

Gene Responsible for Auditory Processing Problems in Dyslexia  (2016)  

University of Texas & Univ. of Connecticut

Dr. Paula Tallal testifies to Congress on the Auditory Processing aspects of Dyslexia (2015)

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

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

Recipe for Reading 

Angling for Words 

Understanding Affixes

Dyslexia Remedial Therapy


Movies, TED Talks, Blogs & Video on Dyslexia


BLOG: Richard Barnson, Dyslexic, Founder of Virgin Airlines 

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

TED TALKS: (2013, Aug) What is Dyslexia? Why is it special? 

HEADSTRONG: Inside the World of Dyslexia and ADHD (2007, PBS Video) www.HeadStrongNation.org

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


Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

Oton Smart Glasses Read Text Aloud (2-23-18)

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

Oton Smart Glasses Read Text Aloud
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   


(1) Bookshare

1- create a free membership here

2- enter the ISBN of your textbook to search for the digital version

     Ex. Pre-algebra (ISBN: 9780078885150)

3- Search free books

(2) Project Gutenberg Free Ebooks

(3) Open Library

(4) OverDrive (ebooks through your library)

(5) Librivox Free Audio Books

(6) Books.Google.com

(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)

(9) Free Audio Books from Penguin Random House Audio Book Club. (May 2017)

Free E-books on Dyslexia


(1) Untether - Inspiration for living free and strong no matter what the challenge by JT Mestdagh (dyslexic)

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

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

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

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

(6) Dyslexia and Counselling by Rosemary Scott, 2018 

K-12 Schools for Dyslexic Students   


Landmark School in MA: a coed boarding school for Grades 2-12 students with language-based learning disabilities - also has programs for teachers.

Denver Academy - Colorado is a private school for diverse learners in Grades 1 to 12. 

Celebrate Dyslexia School in San Antonio, Texas


Dyslexic Success

Young dyslexic author in Thailand (2024)

Dyslexic Medical Doctor and Statistics Professor (2024)