"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002.
Dyslexia affects as much as 20% of our country’s population. Simply put, someone you know, a friend, a neighbor, a relative could be having intense struggles with the problems caused by Dyslexia and you might not even be aware. You might not be aware because sufferers work very hard to conceal their battle in an effort to be “like everyone else.” Dyslexia affects individuals of all backgrounds and intellectual
levels. People with dyslexia can be very bright. For some, dyslexia can go undiagnosed until they reach adulthood.
Decoding Dyslexia is a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within the public education system. They aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia.
To us, the IDA is the leading authority on dyslexia. Every year they hold an international conference where thousands of educators, researchers, parents, and teachers can come together and learn about the newest research, policies, and resources for individuals with dyslexia. Access their site for informational documents and more details about what dyslexia is.
Numerous resources can be accessed through the YCDC. Information about their latest research, guides on advocating and accommodating for children with dyslexia, interesting articles, news links, and so much more.
Learn about how dyslexia is defined in the Virginia Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities. Additional information includes Informational/Instructional Resources, Webinars/Webcasts/Courses, and the VDOE Implementation of “Dyslexia Advisor” Requirement.
The mission of IMSLEC, or the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists. Learn more about dyslexia, their affiliates, and view their newletters.
The Lawrence School is an independent, coeducational day school in Ohio that serves students in grades K-12 with learning differences and attention deficits. They have compiled detailed lists of apps and software that can assist to "bridge deficits in executive function and language processing, and allow students to learn and explore in a manner consistent with their skills and interests."