Dyslexia is a language processing disorder. –Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia
Welcome to an introduction to dyslexia. Immediately below you will find two files. The first is a one page document, meant to be a quick handout to other parents or teachers which lists some of the warning signs of dyslexia. The second is a PDF file which is meant to serve as an introduction to the world of dyslexia. We hope you find these pieces informative and enlightening.
Signs of Dyslexia
Dyslexia: An Understanding
In the scheme of things, my dyslexic journey, as I like to call it, is relatively new. In the few short years that I've been travelling this road, the lack of knowledge I've been faced with while advocating for my son has been rather overwhelming. As I have fought for specific goals within his educational program, I have been in a position where I had to educate people on why the goal I was requesting was so critical to my child's overall success in his dyslexia remediation.
A huge blessing in my life is the circle I've built around me of friends, both dyslexic and non-dyslexic, advocating for their own children, teachers, CALTs, LDTs, and other passionate dyslexia community leaders working for the same goal, fighting for our children's legal right to a fair and appropriate education with their dyslexia addressed properly. I have gained so much knowledge from this circle of friends.
So, while working for my own child's IEP goals, I developed the document below, specifically meant to be a quick information share on the various components of dyslexia and why schools cannot approach it purely from the perspective that dyslexia is only about reading.
This document, which admittedly can be a bit cumbersome and is truly meant for a determined and informed level of advocacy.
I hope you will find this tool helpful as you work for your child's educational rights.
Additionally, we have had a great conversation with Peter Wright of www.wrightslaw.com on Dyslexia Coffee Talk and he shared amazing information about the legal aspects of supporting our dyslexic children. The presentation he shared with us can be found here: https://www.wrightslaw.com/dyslexia/coffee.talk.dyslexia.pdf