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"Your research was such an inspiration to me and really helped me for the first time in my life see dyslexia for what it is...an advantage. Today I know that I am not broken, damaged, or even stupid. I am no longer ashamed. I am successful because I'm dyslexic."

Madalyne Hymas, Graphic Artist and her project at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

 

Dyslexic Advantage Community and Online Resources


Currently, DyslexicAdvantage.org is one of the largest dyslexia communities in the world. Our mission is to promote the positive identity, community, and achievement of dyslexic people.

Dyslexic Advantage helps the newly identified parents seeking answers for their children, young people learning how to navigate their world, and adults who want to leverage their strengths. We also work with governmental and professional agencies and corporations to make the world a more dyslexia-friendly place.

Our programs include extensive educational and media resources for dyslexic families as well as teachers and professionals, as well as a K-12 awards program for writers and creators (STEAM), and college scholarships for dyslexic students with financial need. Our programs are life-changing.

“What you are doing is an unbelievable service. As a minister I’ve helped a lot of people. But what I needed was not found in church or in any of the places I visit for resources. Yet it has been a personal salvation for me. I know I have hope! Thank you for putting this site together! Bless you 1000 X 1000”

 

Dyslexic Advantage Leadership and Educational Talks

Dyslexic Advantage organizes one-of-a-kind cross-disciplinary conferences that bring together accomplished adult dyslexics, and non-dyslexic educators, researchers, and non-profit organization leaders to share ideas, information, and resources, and foster collaborations that will fundamentally change programs and researchers for the entire field. At our first Conference on Dyslexia and Talent in Norwalk CT, over 70% of the attendees were dyslexic. It created an amazingly positive and supportive environment. It contrasted with most other dyslexia conferences where non-dyslexic professionals dominate, and the disability framework dominates. The list of accomplishments from this conferences is long and growing: collaborative researcher projects, and researchers who found new funders, a New York Times opinion editorial written by a young attendee (Defining My Dyslexia), videos of speakers from the conference that have been seen by over 60,000 people, organization leaders that initiated new collaborations or intiatives to emphasize the positive side of dyslexia, a new teachers series to teach poetry and personas to teachers of dyslexic students, and non-profit organizations who recruited new board members and supporters. Most importantly, lives were changed. Many individuals wrote of a new sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and self-understanding. Many also made new dedications to help the greater dyslexic community in their own ways. Professional members of Dyslexic Advantage also give talks to parents, teachers, students, and professionals about dyslexia and dyslexic talents and abilities. They have given keynote and symposium talks for groups such as the Learning Disabilities Association (National Meeting), International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, and teacher training and inservices for groups like the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

 

Dyslexia Research and Applications


Remarkably, the Dyslexia community does not have a national non-profit organization that promote and supports research. As a consequemce, dyslexia research funding is often scarce and not always prioritized toward questions and issues that may be the most critical for dyslexic individuals themselves. We see research as play a vital role for understanding dyslexic cognition and advocating for policy changes in areas such as education or the workplace. Our conference and educational programs integrate science and scientists and many different levels; and because we are the largest online community of dyslexic individuals in the US, we have been sought after (and facilitated subject recruitment) for dyslexia research studies at UC Berkeley, City University of New York, Amazon / Kindle, and the Cass Business School at the University of London.

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