If you missed the 2014 Dyslexia Symposium, some of the information and resources can still be found here: http://dyslexickids.net/2014_Dyslexia_Symposium_Resources.html

I have received several questions from people about how to create reading rulers (sometimes called transparencies). Reading rulers are often immensely helpful to students with dyslexia because they reduce the sharp contrast of black text on a white background and they help the student track the text. They can mean the difference between the ability and inability to read.

To create a reading ruler, you need to have transparency films. It is easiest to use printer-friendly transparency film (this is a good example http://www.staples.com/Staples-100-Pack-Transparency-Copy-Film/product_368095 but any similar product will work).

Then you can create several rectangles approximately the length and height of a line of text in Microsoft Word. Set each rectangle to a different color. Finally, add an arrow to the bottom of the rectangle that points in the direction of the text. Keep in mind that the colors will be much lighter than they appear. I have created this example for anyone creating their own reading rulers: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W2a2jHCmLe7UnbaLQM2O2qwQmEM-ngSgj1ZTbZ0MJYU/edit?usp=sharing

An inspiring story about a successful Dyslexic entrepreneur, with an important message about success.
http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2014/10/12/successful-people-start-feel-ready/

The Dyslexia Symposium was fantastic! The audience was very engaged and interested, and we had great speakers! Many thanks to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry for proclaiming October 11 to be Dyslexia Awareness Day and for his powerful speech. Ms. Darla Ashton informed us about some wonderful technology that students can use in the classroom and at home, Ms. Connie Brown gave us a thorough presentation regarding the ways in which parents can obtain accommodations for their children in public schools, Ms. Kris Lill told us about the countless resources that have been designed by the Allen County Library specifically for children with dyslexia, and we got to hear about tons of resources available to families and homeschooled students. We also had specially trained tutors on hand to talk to people, and we had a lot of demonstrations. Great day!

I’m very excited about the conference tomorrow!  We have some exciting speakers lined up and we will be covering some very interesting topics.  Best of all, it’s free!  Join us at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for speeches, demonstrations, resources and more!

I’m very excited about the conference tomorrow!  We have some exciting speakers lined up and we will be covering some very interesting topics.  Best of all, it’s free!  Join us at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for speeches, demonstrations, resources and more!

The powerful new Equil smartpen will have several extremely helpful capabilities.  It can make an accurate copy of an entire written page, upload that page to your computer, tablet or smartphone, and convert handwriting into plain text.  This could be a huge help to students with dyslexia!
http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/07/the-equil-smartpen-puts-your-physical-notes-and-doodles-in-the-cloud/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

Microsoft is following Google’s example with OneNote class notebooks.  The program allows teachers to set up OneNote accounts that are synced online.  Students use the “notebooks” for all of their classwork and teachers can access them at any time to check their progress. Learners also have access to a resource center, where teachers are able to upload all of the documents related to their lectures and assignments.

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/10/07/microsoft-takes-google-classroom-education-focused-onenote-class-notebooks/

Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!

Teachers and parents, remember to always encourage progress and effort, no matter how gradual.

Teachers and parents, remember to always encourage progress and effort, no matter how gradual.

E-books are frequently much easier than ordinary books for students with dyslexia to read.  With e-books, the format, font and background tint are usually under your control, and you can personalize them to your preferences.  So, how should you get those e-books?  This article may help.
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-kindle-unlimited-vs-scribd-vs-oyster-e-book-subscriptions/#ftag=CAD5457c2c

You can receive many types of accommodations on the SAT or ACT.  Here are some of the important facts.
http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/accommodations-education/act-sat-test-accommodations

Google is releasing a free new education tool called Google Drive for Education that has some very powerful features, including unlimited storage.
http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/09/30/google-unveils-drive-education-free-unlimited-storage-automatic-file-encryption/

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!  What are you doing to raise awareness?

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!  What are you doing to raise awareness?

This is extremely important to keep in mind.

This is extremely important to keep in mind.

Pixar veterans have developed a type of speech recognition that works for children: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/toytalk/?mbid=social_twitter