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Conquering dyslexia: These success stories are a testament to the human spirit

By Tarun Mittal Dyslexia is a cognitive disorder that causes difficulty with reading despite normal intelligence. People with the condition are often tagged as ‘lazy’ and ‘dumb’, especially in their formative years when they struggle to keep up with their peers. But dyslexic people are often better at certain things compared to others. Visual and… Continue reading Conquering dyslexia: These success stories are a testament to the human spirit

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Dyslexic police officer caught because of his poor spelling

  BY GREG HADLEY GHADLEY@MCCLATCHY.COM A British police officer pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and forgery in court Friday, and was sentenced to more than three years in jail for making numerous false reports in an apparent smear campaign against one man. According to BBC News, Colin Hughes was a sergeant for… Continue reading Dyslexic police officer caught because of his poor spelling

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Chia ettal? Uptown coffee shop transforms into ‘Dyslexia Cafe’

Uptown’s Heritage Outpost Coffee Shop transformed into an immersive experience called “Dyslexia Café on Friday to bring awareness to the disability. (Christen A. Johnson) By Christen A. JohnsonChicago Tribune   What do southerners effortlessly navigating the Chicago train map and ordering off a menu have in common? They both require reading comprehension skills. But, for… Continue reading Chia ettal? Uptown coffee shop transforms into ‘Dyslexia Cafe’

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Lexington, MA student testifies for dyslexia legislation at statehouse

Acadia Connor, of Lexington, along with several other members of Learning Ally’s Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy, presented testimony in support of pending dyslexia legislation on July 11 at the Statehouse. The legislation includes early screening for dyslexia so that children can receive the additional help they need before falling behind their peers. The Joint Committee… Continue reading Lexington, MA student testifies for dyslexia legislation at statehouse

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Local student advocates for children with dyslexia

Leominster Champion | on July 21, 2017 Submitted to The Champion BOSTON — Christian Chatalian, an 8-year-old student from Leominster, attended Dyslexia Advocacy Day at the State House on June 22. Christian and his mother Christina met with Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) to discuss the importance of the legislation. The legislation would require early screening in kindergarten and… Continue reading Local student advocates for children with dyslexia

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Charting the rich history of dyslexia advocacy

A new website from Oxford University sheds light on the organizations and individuals that moved the needle on societal understanding. By DAVID M. PERRY JUL 21, 2017 I have been dyslexic my whole life, and a historian for 20 years. Though these two experiences are fundamental to my identity, I had never paused to consider what… Continue reading Charting the rich history of dyslexia advocacy

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Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Building and retrieving memories takes place in stages through information encoding, storage in patterns of relational memories, and restimulating these neuronal pathways by review each time the memory is accessed and used. Familiarity increases recall so students with memory-based learning difficulties can preview the coming lesson by skimming the new section in… Continue reading Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

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“Just Read, Florida” means the way to get students to read is to just insist they do it

Peter Greene writes here about the latest setback to Florida parents challenging the state’s law requiring that students take and pass the third grade test or be flunked. Peter explains why this law is useless, although it does have the result of inflating fourth grade scores. We’ve been following this story for a while. Florida […]… Continue reading “Just Read, Florida” means the way to get students to read is to just insist they do it

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Dyslexia: Accessing technology so students can reach their full potential

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Stacey Harvey was driving with her young son Cole in the back seat on an afternoon just like any other. The two were having a casual conversation when Cole suddenly asked, "What if I never learn how to read?" "He was really fearful, thinking he might not ever read," Stacey recalled.… Continue reading Dyslexia: Accessing technology so students can reach their full potential

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Every Student Succeeds Act: some states are using the law’s flexibility while others are making more limited changes

Politico discusses the state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act and raises the question: Why are these uninformed, distant, unqualified people allowed to tell schools what to do? Betsy DeVos and everyone she has appointed hates public schools. Why should they be trusted to give them instructions? Left to her own devices, DeVos […]… Continue reading Every Student Succeeds Act: some states are using the law’s flexibility while others are making more limited changes