Let’s call it by its proper name! Dyslexia

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Gov. Cuomo just signed into law a measure codifying federal protections permitting the words dyslexia, dysgraphia (which affects writing ability) and dyscalculia (affecting mathematical processing) to be used in determining eligibility for special education services and developing Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. It will also require the state Education Department to develop a guidance memorandum for use by public schools in implementing these protections. Calling disorders by their proper names, which Confucius told us is “the beginning of wisdom,” will give clarity to what has been a muddled proposition in the past.

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Arizona 15th state with Dyslexia handbook!

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Arizona is only the 15th state to create a handbook to help schools identify traits of dyslexia. The handbook also outlines changes that can be made in how these students learn like taking tests with computers rather than handwritten tests or implementing more visual lessons.

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Eye tracking software for dyslexia

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Swedish startup Optolexia, which makes a digital test to screen for dyslexia in children, has raised $5.6 million (5.2 million euros) in a round led by Gabriel Urwitz, CEO of private equity group Segulah. The Pomona Group also contributed to the round, and the funding will be used to launch Optolexia’s service in the United States.

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The primary interim writing assessment framework belongs in the shredder

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Children with dyslexia are actually doubly disadvantaged by the current system, as spelling is effectively assessed twice. Not only is it within the teacher assessment framework, but it also gets tested again in the SPaG test. The fact that the spelling and grammar elements are lumped in together to give one single overall score means that a dyslexic child’s secure grasp of grammar is not recognised because the spelling mark pulls them down.

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Non profit dyslexia tutor training

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The basic goal is to provide affordable, qualified and certified tutors to help local children learn to read by sending a small group of educators to a three-day training program at the University of Utah Reading Clinic in Salt Lake City. Because the focus is on actual educators, local schools will benefit from having these trained tutors using their knowledge in the classroom as teachers. But the teachers will also work as private tutors outside the classroom walls, working one-on-one with dyslexic children.

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Collegeboard accommodations approvals

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Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests, and AP® Exams. Most private school students with a current, formal school-based plan that meets College Board criteria will also have their current accommodations automatically approved for College Board exams. This streamlined process builds on the College Board’s August 2016 expansion of testing accommodations that can be approved directly by schools without the need for additional documentation.

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Texas low special ed enrollments

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No it is not because there are fewer children in Texas that need special education but due to a misguided sticking to budgeted percentages of how many children will receive services. Read the horrible story and see the shameful statistics.

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The Debate about Dyslexia is back

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There are still people who believe dyslexia is not real. Amazing given the abundant body of scientific articles and material available. Apparently, it came to another debate at the annual Literacy Research Association’s conference in Nashville (#LRA16).

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This Dyslexia font project needs your support

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You probably already know the dyslexia font that makes life so much easier for people with dyslexia. Now the same team is working on a pdf converter that will enable your computer to show all documents, including pdfs in the dyslexia font. Please go out and support their goal, every $ helps!

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How Dyslexia had an impact on Brexit

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One of the British politicians slipped up while trying to stick to the transcript of his speech and confused Breakfast with Brexit (the intended departure from the UK out of the European Union). When asked about it he blamed the slip-up on his dyslexia. This is how you need to be careful when seeking a career in politics while being dyslectic.

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