Tap into these resources and excellent organizations dedicated to informing and supporting parents and teachers of students with SLD/Dyslexia. Don’t go it alone. Keep up with the latest in identification, instruction, advocacy, and student and parent empowerment.
Learn more about how to teach students with SLD/Dyslexia in these articles by Margie Gillis:
Addressing Reading Issues: MultisensoryStructured Language Basics
Help for an Older Child with Reading Problems
- Emanuel, G. (November 29, 2016) How science is rewiring the dyslexic brain. National Public Radio, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/29/503693391/researchers-study-what-makes-dyslexic-brains-different.
- Gillis, M. (December 2018). Chronicles from the Classroom. All teachers are responsible for all students’ success. The Examiner 7:5.
- Gillis, M. (February 2018). Chronicles from the Classroom. Teachers must be critical thinkers and informed consumers. The Examiner 7:1.
- Kilpatrick, D.A. (2015) Essentials of assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- Lowell, S., Felton, R.,& Hook, P. (2014). Basic facts about assessment of dyslexia. International Dyslexia Association.
- Moats, L. & Dakin, K. (2007). Basic facts about dyslexia and other reading problems. International Dyslexia Association.
COUNCIL OF PARENT ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCATES, INC.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit peer-to-peer network of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals dedicated to protecting and enforcing legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families at the national, state, and local levels.
Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
CSDE’s Special Education Publications include best practice resources, eligibility and guidance documents, and parent/family resources.
Decoding Dyslexia–CT has been instrumental in promoting legislation that supports students with SLD/Dyslexia.
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. It aims 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.
DyslexiaHelp at the University of Michigan offers resources for professionals, parents, and students with dyslexia.
Dyslexiaville is the first media company for kids with dyslexia and other learning differences. Visit YouTube to see their series “Super d! Show”.
DYSLEXIA SOCIETY OF CONNECTICUT
Dyslexia Society of Connecticut is “dedicated to achieving reading proficiency for all Connecticut residents through evidence-based training for teachers in order to provide appropriate explicit, systematic instruction for students with dyslexia and related reading disabilities.”
THE DYSLEXIA FOUNDATION
The Dyslexia Foundation was established to identify and assist children with dyslexia and to establish higher levels of learning through specialized programs promoting better reading.
THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION-CT
The mission of IDA-CT is to provide parents and educators with the training and expertise to help identify and support individuals with Dyslexia. This includes parent roundtables, professional education, seminars, and other resources to increase public awareness and remediation of dyslexia. The CT Branch is dedicated to providing the most up to date research, resources and a voice in legislation to ensure an equitable education in public schools.
THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA supports literacy through research, education, and advocacy.
See IDA’s Fact Sheets, Dyslexia Handbook. What Every Family Should Know,Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
Learning Ally is a national nonprofit providing resources, training, and technology for teachers and schools, 80,000 human-voiced audiobooks for students with learning & visual disabilities, and an online community, 1 in 5.
LD OnLine is a website on learning disabilities, disorders, and differences sponsored national public television. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
NATIONAL CENTER ON IMPROVING LITERACY
National Center on Improving Literacy is a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education. Their mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) connects and parents and others with essential resources, provides educators with evidence-based tools, and engages advocates in public policy initiatives.
NEUHAUS EDUCTION CENTER
Neuhaus Education Center, dedicated to promoting reading success, provides evidence-based professional development to educators, information and resources to parents, and direct services to adult learners. Read their dyslexia guide, You CAN Help Your Child.
SMART KIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES®
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities® is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Parents can sign up for their newsletter, read blogs, tips, attend events and more.
TENNESSEE CENTER FOR THE STUDY AND TREATMENT OF DYSLEXIA
The Center for Dyslexia is one of MTSU’s research centers. It actively conducts research, supports the translation of research to practice, and offers resources for educators and parents.
Understood aims “to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues,” including daily access to free expert advice, resources, tips, and a secure parent community.
Wrightslaw offers accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities, including a newsletter, blog, and extensive advocacy and law libraries.
YALE CENTER FOR DYSLEXIA AND CREATIVITY
Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity aims to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate information, practical advice and the latest innovations from scientific research, and transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia.