Scholarship despite Dyslexia

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Benjamin Hamler, 18, of Rockford, a senior at Rockford High School, has been awarded a National Honor Society scholarship for college courses while studying Engineering at Kent County Technical Center.He received a letter in the mail and thought it would be recognition of the Student of the Month award, but instead it was notification of an $8,000 scholarship to Ferris State University. Benjamin has struggled to work through extreme dyslexia and has been in a special program since third grade, it has been very tough, and even the act of learning to read was a major process.

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Everything is going to be OK

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‘Everything Is Going To Be KO’ is a short film written and performed by Kaiya and produced by Canvas UK. In the film Kaiya explores how her late diagnosis made her reflect on her childhood.

Best quote: Disability does not mean Inability.

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Movie about the lack of dyslexia support

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WindRoc Media Group (WMG) and Identifying Dyslexia have just announced Ill-literacy: The Divided States of Dyslexia, the first film in the School Stories documentary series. The social impact documentary takes audiences through the school system in several states to reveal the single greatest cause of the current illiteracy crisis: unidentified and misidentified dyslexia. The film follows students and their families, exposing the systematic cover-up of decades of mismanagement and denial of the illiteracy problem behind increasing dropout rates and achievement gaps.

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Dyslexia education

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the Rapid City Area School District for allegedly discriminating against students, by failing to identify and conduct timely evaluations of students suspected of having dyslexia and other disabilities.

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Misspelled

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Here is a gamer who came up with a great little browser app that highlights misspelled words. Here is what he tells us:

Misspelled is great for me because it highlights whatever word I have spelled incorrectly and when clicked on will open a window offering words that I might be what I was trying to type. One of the things I do is jumble or mix letters within a word but half the time I look at what I have typed, it will appear correct to me as long as it has the right letters and isn’t too bad. It can be very frustration. By highlighting the word, it points out my errors making them easier to find.

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Baby Brains predict reading speed

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It is true, a study conducted at the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia, a specific reading disability, predict their future reading speed in secondary school.

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She owns her Dyslexia

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Something as simple as writing a Facebook post can be tricky, let alone putting this thing together. Asking my friends and family, at 26, to proof-read my writing still makes me laugh. But it’s something I’ve accepted, and I’m okay with now.

It’s all about mindset. Dyslexia is a gift, not a burden.

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Schools still fail Dyslectics

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While scientists estimate that between 5 and 12 percent of children in the United States have dyslexia, just 4.5 percent of students in public schools are diagnosed with a “specific learning disability,” a category that includes dyslexia and other learning disabilities, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, while schools routinely screen children for hearing impairment, a problem that occurs much less frequently than dyslexia, screening for dyslexia is rare.

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Dyslexia awareness

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One in five students is affected with dyslexia. In Green Bay, a group of kids is helping their peers by bringing awareness to it, one simulation at a time.

Bright Young Dyslexics just received a $2,000 grant by applying through Youth Service America’s ‘Kindness Rising Campaign.’

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ADHD, Dyslexia, Athletes and Concussions

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Risk factors for concussion are plentiful—playing soccer, playing football, having a prior concussion, being female. In an addition to the scientific to-do list, a new report is calling for researchers and to pay attention to something else that seems to make concussions more likely: learning disabilities.

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Deaf Children worse in reading compared with Dyslectics

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The British education system is neglecting the needs of severely and profoundly deaf children, many of whom have major reading difficulties, according to new research from City, University of London.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the researchers found that over half of the  involved who communicated using spoken language and four fifths of those who used  had reading difficulties at least as severe as those faced by   with dyslexia, and in some cases they were more severe.

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Videos for special needs

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Videos like Baby Shark aren’t just about sparking viral dances alone. It’s a glimpse into the immense, but the as-of-yet untapped potential of what educational technology can do for our students, particularly those with special needs.

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Does reading to your baby prevent dyslexia?

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Dear Dr. Linda,

I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it?

Madison

 

Dear Madison,

I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s “reading gene” but there isn’t. Whether she has a genetic predisposition to dyslexia has no direct relationship to what you are doing.

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A new view on Dyslexia

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Researchers used ultra-high-resolution structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion MRI, and probabilistic tractography to investigate the structural connections of the visual sensory pathway in dyslexia in vivo. They discovered that individuals with dyslexia have reduced structural connections in the direct pathway between the left visual thalamus (lateral geniculate nucleus [LGN]) and left middle temporal area V5/MT, but not between the left LGN and left primary visual cortex. In addition, left V5/MT-LGN connectivity strength correlated with rapid naming abilities—a key deficit in dyslexia .

These findings provide the first evidence of specific structural alterations in the connections between the sensory thalamus and cortex in developmental dyslexia. The results challenge current standard models and provide novel evidence for the importance of cortico-thalamic interactions in explaining dyslexia.

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Universal Dyslexia screening would be great

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  • As research about dyslexia brings more information to light, best practices are evolving, including the recommendation for universal screening in kindergarten and first grade in order to address the issue before greater gaps in vocabulary and general knowledge put students farther behind educationally and emotionally, District Administration reports.

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