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Our Vision is a World Where Dyslexic Individuals are Known for their Strengths

Senate Rejects Dyslexia Amendment from ESEA No Child Left Behind

In a very close vote (12-10), the Senate defeated Senator Bill Cassidy’s submission of an Amendment to the ESEA / No Child Left Behind Act that would have allowed (not even mandated) federal funds to be used for better education of students with dyslexia in public schools. You can contact and share your comments […]

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The Dyslexic Advantage Mission II: Positive Community

Today we’ll discuss the second key aim in DA’s Mission Statement: promoting positive community.

At DA we envision a world where dyslexic people are:

known and valued for their strengths
proud of their identity
confident of their abilities
and routinely enabled to reach their full potential in school, work, and life.

To create this world, dyslexic people have to work together. This […]

The Dyslexic Advantage Mission I: Positive Identity

This is our first post on our Dyslexic Advantage Mission Statement. For nonprofit organizations, the mission statement is an overview of the steps they’re taking to create the world they envision.
The Dyslexic Advantage Mission
At Dyslexic Advantage, our mission is, “To promote positive identity, community, and achievement among dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths.”
We’ve already explained DA’s strengths-centered […]

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The Dyslexic Advantage Vision

This is the first of several posts on the Vision and Mission Statements of Dyslexic Advantage (DA). DA’s Board has worked hard to create statements that clearly express the beliefs, values, and goals that drive DA’s work, and we’d love for everyone in our community to understand and embrace them, too.

We’ll start with DA’s Vision Statement. […]

Valuing Diversity in our “Cognitive Ecosystem”

Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of lecturing to the students at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education on the topic “Dyslexia 2015”. The Stanford students were amazingly bright and extremely attentive, and we were inspired to think of the wonderful impact they’ll have as leaders in the field of education!

Our talk contained an up […]

Defining Dyslexia: Difference Not Deficit

Dyslexia has traditionally been defined as a brain-based condition that causes difficulty mastering reading-related skills, such as:

identifying and manipulating the component sounds in words (phonological processing)
sounding out words (decoding), recognizing printed words by sight, and spelling words (encoding)
reading sentences and passages quickly and accurately (fluently), and with comprehension in line with […]

Angelina Jolie – Different is Good

Thanks Angelina Jolie for her “Different is Good” speech. at the Kids’ Choice awards this past week.

Jolie: “When I was little…I was told I was different and I felt out of place, and the one day I realized something…something I hope you all realize…different is good.

So… don’t fit in, don’t sit still, don’t ever try to […]