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Q: What Help is Available for Adults with Dyslexia ?

A. Depending on what kind of help you are seeking and where you live, there are many different types of resources available to help adults with dyslexia. In the United States, it’s been estimated that 3 out of 4 children are not being identified in school; among adults, that number is probably higher.

Should I Be […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Categories: Accommodations, Being Dyslexic, Testing, Work|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q: What Help is Available for Adults with Dyslexia ?

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Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

New from the College Board: 

“Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, College, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, IEP, School, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

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Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

 The last decade has seen a great advance in the biological understanding of dyscalculia, or math disability. The DSM V groups a specific learning disorder in math (315.1) under Specific Learning Disability along with impairment in reading (315.000) and impairment in written expression (315.2). The NIH defines dyscalculia as a condition contributes to “difficulty understanding arithmetic […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Dyscalculia, Gifted, IEP, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

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How They Did It: Dyslexia, Gifted Ed, and SAT and ACT Accommodations [Premium]

Today I had a chance to catch up with a member of our Dyslexic Advantage community who had just heard the great news that her 17 year old son had been granted accommodations for both the SAT and ACT, including the calculator-free section of the new SAT.

This family navigated several difficult transitions: private school […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, dyslexia, Gifted, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Professionals, Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How They Did It: Dyslexia, Gifted Ed, and SAT and ACT Accommodations [Premium]

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New US ADHD Guidelines from Department of Education OCR – Schools

 In breaking news, the US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights have released their a letter from Asst Secretary Catherine Lhamon and its Students with ADHD and Section 504 Resource Guide HERE. For your convenience, we also include them below  – including a highlighted version which spotlights key passages for parents and […]

Q: Can I Join the Military if I Have Dyslexia? Do Accommodations and the ADA Apply to the ASVAB ?

 This question comes up often. Many people know that accomplished military dyslexic people (General George Patton, Commander Joseph Hoar [Commander in Chief of US Central Command], among others)  have served their country in all branches of the military – including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, however, there are conflicting regulations and […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Military|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q: Can I Join the Military if I Have Dyslexia? Do Accommodations and the ADA Apply to the ASVAB ?

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Best Early Dyslexia Screeners for Schools – Elementary [Premium]

With new legislation moving schools toward early identification of students with dyslexia, teachers, classrooms, and districts are having to decide on which screener would be best for identifying students “at-risk.”

For dyslexic students, presence of a reading gap has been detected as early as the first grade and early intervention is well-recognized to be beneficial. […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Assessment, dyslexia, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Best Early Dyslexia Screeners for Schools – Elementary [Premium]

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Q & A: School Psychologist Asks: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? [Premium]

A School Psychologist asks: Q: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? You may be surprised to learn that psychologists may not know how to identify dyslexia in the school setting. You may be even more surprised to learn that a NASP consensus statement recommended school psychologists avoid the term “dyslexia” all together. Thankfully, not all school psychologists agree with […]

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By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Premium, Premium Content, Psychology, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q & A: School Psychologist Asks: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? [Premium]

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Could Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Affect IQ Scores? [Premium]

From our Community:

Can Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Affect IQ Scores?

My son got officially diagnosed with both dyslexia and dysgraphia this week. I suspected he would come back with the diagnosis. What surprised me a bit were his IQ scores.

The scenario is a common one – one sibling is dyslexic while the other is not. The non-dyslexic […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Dysgraphia, dyslexia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Could Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Affect IQ Scores? [Premium]

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Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

I recently came across Bobby Gilman’s article on the critical issues facing twice-exceptional or Gifted LD students at school. It’s an ambitious paper for sure, but provides a solid big picture view of the challenges that 2E students face in their pursuit of an appropriate education. The challenges include states drastically scaling back services for students […]

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By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Dysgraphia, Psychology, RTI, Stealth Dyslexia, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

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Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

Florida Department of Education just released results of their Florida Standards Assessment  or FSA Test. 46% of all of the public school children who took the test were below standard and 20% are at risk for being held back in the 3rd grade.

What are these tests that can force 3rd graders to repeat a […]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Language Arts, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

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Breaking Research : Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults [Premium]

An important paper was published this month from the University of Washington, entitled “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Assessment for Dyslexia in Adolescents and Young Adults.” The paper is especially important guiding testing professionals who assess teens and adults for dyslexia or see gifted or twice-exceptional students. This paper also takes a more systematic look at the […]

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Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

The Department of Justice has also released  video clarification of key rights for students regarding testing accommodations under the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act.  The entire video is located at the bottom of this post, but we are highlighting a section that mentions dyslexia by name (starts at 3:29)

Exams are to be administered […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, Education, School, Technology, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

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Testing Push Back – Caps on Standardized Tests in Public School

It’s unusual to find a topic on which virtually everyone agrees, but we may have finally reached the point where every agrees, there is too much testing in public school.

Today, even President Obama said it: “…smart, strategic tests can help us measure our kids’ progress in school, and it can help them learn. But […]

By |October 24th, 2015|Categories: Accommodations, Education|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Testing Push Back – Caps on Standardized Tests in Public School

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