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The Back Story of Dolch and Fry Word Lists [Premium]

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By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Language Arts, Reading|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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Creator of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad grew up in poverty on a small farm in Sweden. His grandfather had killed himself after realizing he could no longer afford his mortgage. His grandmother was able to save the family farm.

Because Ingvar struggled in school because of his dyslexia and he shirked tasks like milking the cows, his father once […]

Dyslexia at Work: Say This, Not That

Academic studies of dyslexia in the workplace have all arrived at the same conclusion: the vast majority of adults with dyslexia choose not to disclose or ask for accommodations in the workplace. Of those who do disclose, they often disclose to some but not all of their co-workers.

The reasons are several – but include […]

Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter September 2017

September 2017 Dyslexic Advantage newsletter includes:
Weta Workshop Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor
Ptahra Helps New York’s Dyslexia Bill Become Law
Sabrina Brazzo, Dyslexic Ballerina
How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk
Best Practices for Dyslexia
Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?
When Spelling Words Don’t Stick
National Association of School Psychologists Speaks Out on Dyslexia Screeners
Beyond Combination Locks
Microsoft Updates Immersive Reader
How Can I […]

Douglas Abrams’ Quest to Change the World

Why is this guy smiling?

This is author and publisher Douglas Abrams who has an instant New York Times Bestseller on his hands – The Book of Joy – but that’s not all. He’s also founded Idea Architects, a company helping “visionaries create a wiser, healthier, and more just world.”

I had seen that Douglas had […]

How to Activate Read Aloud on Your Mac (Text-to-Speech) – Links Also for Windows and Android

The following instructions are for MacOS Sierra (10.12.16).

You can activate Read Aloud (or Text to Speech) on your Mac so that it reads documents (word, pdf, etc.) or websites when you select certain keys.

Apple Icon > System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Selected Text When the Key is Pressed

You can also change […]

Dyslexia Laws 2017

Here’s our 2017 snapshot of Passed Dyslexia Laws in the US. This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups. Last Updated Sept 21st, 2017.

Only 7 states have no dyslexia laws […]

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

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NASP Publishes Advice About Dyslexia Screening

 NASP or the National Association of School Psychologists recently published an article entitled: “Four Dyslexia Screening Myths That Cause More Harm Than Good in Preventing Reading Failure and What You Can Do Instead.” As many of you who are involved in dyslexia advocacy know, NASP holds a great deal of influence over school psychologists. […]

Help Wanted: Translate Dyslexia Videos!

Are you fluent in another language? If so, we could use your help bringing the positive message of dyslexia to non-English speakers.

Here are the steps for translating videos on our Youtube Channel:

1. Go the video you want to contribute translations to.

2. Select the gear icon

3. Select Subtitles / CC > Add subtitles or […]

Interview with Dyslexic Master Montessori Teacher ALISON AWES [Premium]

I recently had a chance to talk with Master Montessori Teacher Alison Awes who is based at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Alison is dyslexic herself and she has written about how Montessori instruction can support dyslexic students. Alison is also trained in Orton-Gillingham Level1. Like the Orton-Gillingham method, the Montessori approach was created […]

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Read Aloud on Your iPhone – Dyslexic Advantage Newsletters

Here are instructions for turning Read Aloud on your iPhone.

Settings>General>Accessibility>Speech>Speak Selection (you can adjust speed with the slider at the bottom of this page; turtle for slower and rabbit for faster)

Once you have completed the steps above, click on this link for a newsletter, select text and select SPEAK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |September 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

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Minecraft Reading and More

From a Wired Magazine article, How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Helps Kids to Read:

“Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from […]

Dyslexic Advantage Premium Magazine SEPT 2017 [Premium]

Richard Engel, NBC Foreign Correspondent, Realistic Confidence, Organized Notes, Big Picture for Classes, Big Picture for Literature, What to Expect with the Remediated Student, Dyslexia and Giftedness, Reflections on the 5 Paragraph Essay, What To Do If a Reading Curriculum Doesn’t Work, Hidden Fractions, How Can I Help My Daughter.   Password: solver85

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By |September 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

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[PREMIUM] Meet One of America’s Most Prolific Designers, CHUCK HARRISON

  Chuck Harrison’s designs are so ubiquitous that it’s said that every household in America has something designed by him. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Chuck’s first attempts at design involved the building of a “skate box” when he attached wheels to an old two-by-four, creating an early version of a skateboard. Chuck’s father was […]

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All 50 States Approved Assessment Tools for Schools

Here is a list of state-approved educational assessment tools (from March 2016). You can check whether specific early reading or dyslexia screeners are listed for your state.

 

 

Download here.

Reference in Word Document here.

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By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: Assessment|Tags: |0 Comments

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Positive Affirmations

A dyslexic woman and successful tech entrepreneur was interviewed and asked what helped her overcome ‘the odds.’ Here’s what she said:

“Affirmations…I literally told myself the naysayers were wrong about me. I told myself exactly what I needed to hear, every single day, to move my life forward.”

Here are some of the affirmations on her […]