It’s Dyslexia Awareness Month, Now What?
By Chontae Feldman
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My girls are proud dyslexics. They love telling other students about dyslexia and working on the displays. That is the key. We have been able to do these displays because the kids do it. They own it and are proud.
Their first project was a trifold board for an Ability Fair at another elementary school. It toured various campuses (libraries) with a list of books for the librarian to pull to add to the display. These are elementary age books about dyslexia or authored by dyslexics.
For this board, we just used famous dyslexics. I picked people that the kids would know. Julia even included photos of us on it. We are not famous, but she is proud to be recognized on the board. This board has been retired, by request of Julia.
Here are the links for the books (link for images will be below):https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19uqPAY0aVwasCs1MAZMI0enxXgmNLIEkFsQZlXR6d7I/edit?usp=sharing
By the end of the Ability Fair, Julia was speaking in front of the kids. Here is what we prepared for her and a short video of her giving the speech:
Part of the speech is borrowed from https://dyslexiaida.org/dc_june15_elevator-pitch/ “Dyslexia is a learning challenge some people have that makes it tough to read, write, or spell. People who have dyslexia have brains that think in a different way from other people and they often see things in a different way. It affects the way people recognize the sounds that groups of letters make. It can be very frustrating for kids that have dyslexia because reading and spelling are so hard. The problem is inside the brain, but it doesn't mean the person is not smart. People with Dyslexia are actually very smart and can learn special techniques to help them read, write and spell.
Plenty of smart and talented people struggled with dyslexia: President George Washington, President Nolan Ryan, Jace Norman “Kid Danger”, Albert Einstein. “I have dyslexia. That means my brain is wired a bit differently than yours, but different is okay. I’m not lazy or dumb, it just takes me longer to read, write, and understand information. Please be patient with me. Because of my dyslexia, I have used my creativity to find other ways of doing things.”
Our second project was a school bulletin board. I had asked the principal if the girls could decorate a board for October for Dyslexia Awareness Month. I explained the theme and she asked if we could have the board up for Meet the Teacher\Back to School Night. Well, we did!
October passed and I asked when she wanted us to take it down. She stated that it was a hit with the school and they would keep it up all year! Faces of Dyslexia Trifold (see image above)
Dyslexia & STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
I have started vetting all the people before I add them to the list. If you think someone is dyslexic, and they are not on this list (this is also the link with all the faces): https://docs.google.com/document/d/18zLgYQ6At1LQFhBK6CKGt6Z2wc-ReZNgc-MhwGwsybM/edit?usp=sharing
Click here to see if they are here: https://www.thedyslexiainitiative.org/post/pretty-little-dyslexia-lies
Please, use any of the resources. If you have any issues with the links, let me know and I’ll check it out. Let me know if you have any questions. And, I would love to see what you do for your school!