Film festival for dyslectic film makers

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It is thought that the learning difficulty lends itself to greater creativity and the ability to think in pictures. Celebrating “unique storytelling prowess” of dyslexic and “neurodivergent” filmmakers, the world’s first dyslexic film festival, the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival, held its 12th annual event in Camden this month.

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Diagnosing the brain

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It remains difficult to diagnose what is going on in the brain. See the article in today’s link:

Concussions are finicky. They look different in different people. There still isn’t a clear biological signature we’re able to track. So instead, trainers and doctors lean on reported symptoms and neurocognitive tests, which measure things like memory, processing speed, and reaction time, to guide concussion diagnosis.

These tests, though, don’t serve all athletes equally: Disabilities, particularly learning disabilities like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, skew the results, making concussions more challenging to diagnose and treat in disabled athletes.

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A book about how to deal with dyslexia

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“Once Upon a Time a Sparrow” is a fictional representation of the author’s experiences, as a young girl with reading challenges, and as an adult learning to accept a condition she kept well-hidden. The result is a stunning narrative that will touch your heart and leave a lasting imprint. It certainly made an impression on the judges in the Reader Views Literary Awards, taking home first place overall for Best General Fiction Novel and the Jewel Kats Special Needs Award.

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Self diagnosing Dyslexia

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Our link for the day gives you an article with multiple options to screen yourself, or your children, for Dyslexia.

Oh and should you want to find out if you have Dyscalculia (the “Dyslexia with numbers”) go to https://DyscalculiaTesting.com

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Are we focusing too much on Dyslexia

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That seems to be the point of the guest writer in the article in our link for today. The point being that with lots of money flowing to dyslexia detection and remediation, the school system forgets about struggling readers who do not have dyslexia.

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Readvolution coming

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Square Panda and Andre Agassi today announced Readvolution, a new initiative by the Andre Agassi Early Childhood Neuroscience Foundation that aims to drive innovation in dyslexia assessment and intervention. Readvolution plans to engage scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Weill Institute for Neurosciences to produce the first scientifically validated technology for scalable universal screening of dyslexia.

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Going to Harvard with Dyslexia

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This is what Caitlin Iles’ father told her after she told him she had dyslexia:

 “I’m proud of you for being honest, you’re going to have to work harder than anyone else to get what you want but … if Richard Branson can do it, so can you”.

That one sentence has shaped each day of my life since. It’s played quietly on a loop, somewhere in the back of my mind on a daily basis. Without a doubt, it was the most valuable lesson and the best advice I have received.

It’s what got me to Harvard.

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How to homeschool with dyslexia

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Wonderful blog story from the homeschooling with dyslexia site, where they explain in great detail how a day rolls by when homeschooling some dyslectic kids. Browse around their site, absolutely worth your time.

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Women got dyslexia recognized

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At the University of Oxford, a team is charting a comprehensive history of the condition, uncovering the stories of the women, who helped to get dyslexia recognised. And in the current climate, where there are challenges to funding for special educational needs, the story of dyslexia’s pioneers serves as a warning against the gains that could be lost.

It also shows how women – during a period when they were largely excluded from formal political spheres – found other ways to achieve support and recognition for children with dyslexia.

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Are US dyslexia laws not necessary and unfair?

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Professor Elliott, from the UK, argues that the current dyslexia policies in the US undermine the education and life chances of large numbers of children, particularly those from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

True? or is he promoting his book: The Dyslexia debate ?

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studying dyslexia with song birds

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Zebra Finches however, learn how to communicate through song from their parents. In this manner, they are similar to infants, as their  auditory system is shaped by exposure to adult speech.

As such, Zebra Finches allow for scientists to develop a model that can be used to study the effects of mutations on auditory learning and processing.

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Dyslexia in court

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Please read this horror story about parents blatantly being denied evaluation and services for their dyslectic child. You wonder why the districts put up such fights or if the independent evaluations are really without any merit. Still if you are convinced your child needs support, don’t give up, go all the way, the path is there, use it.

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Experience dyslexia

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It is difficult to imagine how people with dylexia see and experience the world. Also there are variations of dyslexia so not all dyslectics will have the same experience. From time to time organizations make an attempt at having an audience experience it for a bit. In our link for today the latest experience.

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The struggle to get resources for Dyslexia

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It continues to be an issue. I’m saying due to unawareness of the severity of the condition, others have different opinions but I remain an optimist. In any case it took a federal investigation to get thing right in Texas.

After a 15-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Education found in January that Texas had effectively capped federally-funded special education services for at least a decade, denying thousands of kids with disabilities the tools and assistance they need to learn. The report said the ambiguity in the state’s policy on dyslexia may have directed some eligible students away from federally-funded special education services, violating federal law.

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High Tech start up for Dyslexia

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OrCam has developed a computer vision device that can be mounted on glasses and is designed to help visually impaired people, the blind, dyslexics, and those who tire easily of reading. The device includes a miniature video camera, a processing unit, and a rechargeable power unit, and uses an algorithm developed by the company through which the device can read texts. Similarly, the device knows how to identify products, colors, and currency. The device can also recognize up to 100 people’s faces, which the user enters into the device.This allows the device user to identify family members, friends, and colleagues. The information is transmitted almost immediately by voice.

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