Week 2 of Dyslexia Awareness Week! This week I will do my best to address the suggestions you’ve sent me. I’ve received the most requests for lists of colleges that are best for students with learning differences, so I’ll begin with that and related topics. I have a lot of resources and links about this, but I’m certain I missed a few.Scholarships for students with learning differences:http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/scholarships-for-students-with-learning-disabilities"Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students": http://www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htmA list of colleges that empower the students, stress individualized learning, and provide a broad range of assistance and accommodations for students with learning differences:http://dyslexic-kids.tumblr.com/post/17275273923/a-list-of-colleges-that-empower-the-students"Colleges with Structured Support Programs or Structured Services for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and/or Other Disabilities": http://collegeacademicsupport.com/programs.html"Succeed in College as a Learning Disabled Student":http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2013/08/28/succeed-in-college-as-a-learning-disabled-student"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 1)":http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-1.html"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 2)":http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-2.html"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 3)":http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-3.html

Week 2 of Dyslexia Awareness Week! This week I will do my best to address the suggestions you’ve sent me. I’ve received the most requests for lists of colleges that are best for students with learning differences, so I’ll begin with that and related topics. I have a lot of resources and links about this, but I’m certain I missed a few.

Scholarships for students with learning differences:http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/scholarships-for-students-with-learning-disabilities

"Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students": http://www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htm

A list of colleges that empower the students, stress individualized learning, and provide a broad range of assistance and accommodations for students with learning differences:
http://dyslexic-kids.tumblr.com/post/17275273923/a-list-of-colleges-that-empower-the-students

"Colleges with Structured Support Programs or Structured Services for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and/or Other Disabilities": 
http://collegeacademicsupport.com/programs.html

"Succeed in College as a Learning Disabled Student":
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2013/08/28/succeed-in-college-as-a-learning-disabled-student

"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 1)":
http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-1.html

"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 2)":
http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-2.html

"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 3)":
http://in.princetonreview.com/in/2011/05/for-students-with-learning-disabilities-getting-the-accommodations-you-need-in-college-part-3.html

Dyslexic Kids made the newspaper! Raising awareness little by little!http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20131006/LOCAL04/310069934/1026/LOCAL04

Dyslexic Kids made the newspaper! Raising awareness little by little!

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20131006/LOCAL04/310069934/1026/LOCAL04

Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well.  Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about dyslexia. One myth that my parents had to battle was, “Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until third grade”. Early intervention is so important, yet many schools still believe that nothing can or should be done until third grade. Thankfully, my parents knew better and I received the help I needed. Which myths have you had to battle?

http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/dyslexics/learn-about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia/debunking-common-myths-about-dyslexia

How do you find a professional with the right qualifications to test you or your child? The International Dyslexia Association has a partial list of providers: http://www.interdys.org/FindAProvider.htmYour local branch of the IDA should have a more thorough list of providers in your area. You can find your branch here:http://www.interdys.org/searchbystate.aspxMost states have Dyslexia Centers you can contact. Indiana, for example, has the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, an outstanding resource for information and help.There are websites that contain lists of providers, like this one (scroll down a page or so): http://www.iser.com/dyslexia.htmlMost states have parent support groups on either Facebook or on Yahoo Groups, and the parents are always willing to provide recommendations and honest feedback about testing facilities.Your pediatrician may be able to make recommendations.Librarians are usually quite concerned about literacy and often know the doctors and testing facilities in their region who deal with any condition that deals with a child’s ability to read.

How do you find a professional with the right qualifications to test you or your child? 

The International Dyslexia Association has a partial list of providers: http://www.interdys.org/FindAProvider.htm

Your local branch of the IDA should have a more thorough list of providers in your area. You can find your branch here:http://www.interdys.org/searchbystate.aspx

Most states have Dyslexia Centers you can contact. Indiana, for example, has the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, an outstanding resource for information and help.

There are websites that contain lists of providers, like this one (scroll down a page or so): http://www.iser.com/dyslexia.html

Most states have parent support groups on either Facebook or on Yahoo Groups, and the parents are always willing to provide recommendations and honest feedback about testing facilities.

Your pediatrician may be able to make recommendations.

Librarians are usually quite concerned about literacy and often know the doctors and testing facilities in their region who deal with any condition that deals with a child’s ability to read.

If your child displays some of the symptoms of dyslexia, especially if there is a family history, how can you confirm your suspicion that he or she has dyslexia?

Very few schools can or will test for dyslexia. You will most likely need to hire a specially trained professional yourself. Also, most of us are required to take several tests, not just one.

Here is a comprehensive list of the tests most commonly used to diagnose dyslexia: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/dyslexics/learn-about-dyslexia/dyslexia-testing/tests

It is rare that a child displays all of the common symptoms of dyslexia. Each person is unique and will have their own combination of symptoms and levels of severity.

It is rare that a child displays all of the common symptoms of dyslexia. Each person is unique and will have their own combination of symptoms and levels of severity.

Common symptoms of dyslexia by age. What additional symptoms would you add?Pre-K to Grade 2 (I would add difficulty tying shoes):http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-pre-k-to-grade-2Grade 3 - Grade 8 (I would add difficulty telling time using an analog clock): http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-in-grades-3-8Grade 9 - Grade 12: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-teensCollege Students: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-and-warning-signs-in-adults
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. At least 10% of students are affected by dyslexia. Please help raise awareness by talking to your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers and others about dyslexia! 

I’ll be addressing different topics each day this month. Many thanks to all of you for your suggestions! 

I’ll kick things off by reminding you of the information and free resources available on http://dyslexickids.net/. At DyslexicKids.net, you’ll find a free interactive eBook downloadable through iTunes (click on the “Resources” tab), you can sign up for free tutoring, join a support group for children and teens with dyslexia, and learn more about dyslexia.

Dyslexia Conference from 2:00 - 5:00 on October 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free and open to the public. Speakers will be from 2:00 - 4:00 in the Globe Room of the main library; assistive technology hands-on demonstrations will be from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Young Adults conference room.

Dyslexia Conference from 2:00 - 5:00 on October 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free and open to the public. Speakers will be from 2:00 - 4:00 in the Globe Room of the main library; assistive technology hands-on demonstrations will be from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Young Adults conference room.

"It is possible to turn dyslexia into a positive rather than a negative. I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate other tasks, a skill that set me in good stead to develop the whole Virgin Group. Having dyslexia means having to trust others to help you with tasks or do them on your behalf – this ability to let go is vital for entrepreneurs." ~Richard Branson, famous dyslexic

"It is possible to turn dyslexia into a positive rather than a negative. I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate other tasks, a skill that set me in good stead to develop the whole Virgin Group. Having dyslexia means having to trust others to help you with tasks or do them on your behalf – this ability to let go is vital for entrepreneurs." ~Richard Branson, famous dyslexic

Students with dyslexia often need accommodations in order to complete the same assignments as other students. But what accommodations should you request?
Keep in mind that accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, give students an unfair advantage, or change what a test measures. They simply make it possible for students with dyslexia to show what they know.
Here are a few possible accommodations taken from an article by NCLD (http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/accommodations-education/accommodations-include-iep-504-students-ld).

Students with dyslexia often need accommodations in order to complete the same assignments as other students. But what accommodations should you request?

Keep in mind that accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, give students an unfair advantage, or change what a test measures. They simply make it possible for students with dyslexia to show what they know.

Here are a few possible accommodations taken from an article by NCLD (http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/accommodations-education/accommodations-include-iep-504-students-ld).