Dyslectic drivers should have some support

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Some mothers pushed and on April 28, the state Department of Transportation made an audio version of the state driver’s manual available for free online at http://www.dmv.pa.gov/Driver-Services/Driver-Licensing/Pages/PA-Driver’s- Manual– -Audio- Version.

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My Turn: A father’s hope after daughter’s dyslexia diagnosis

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Three years ago, I didn’t feel I deserved the handcrafted gift my 8-year-old daughter made me for Fathers Day. It had been a rough school year for her. Her teachers had noted she wasn’t reading at the level of her classmates. This prompted the school to provide a reading specialist who told us that she would catch up if she worked harder and focused more. Wanting to do the right thing, I pushed her to work harder.

We ran through flash cards in the car, while we set the table for dinner and before she went to bed. She spent extra time on homework every night. Still she wasn’t making progress. All the added pressure was straining our relationship, and I felt like I had let her down. I started dreading the flash card drill sessions.

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The battle for early diagnosis of Dyslexia

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Most schools in Massachusetts don’t screen for dyslexia, even though experts say diagnosing the learning disability early is the key to successful interventions.

Instead, many districts wait until a child shows obvious signs of trouble reading or writing. Some advocates say by then, it’s too late.

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From words to images

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We hear from a journalist about her reporting on and her personal experience with dyslexia. We learn from leading researchers and educators in the field. And we talk with an actor about his struggles with the learning disability and his journey from prison to behind the camera.

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Miss Dyslexia

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Well, actually I don’t think there is a Miss Dyslexia but the current contender for Montana in the Miss USA pageant will represent not just Montana but children with ADHD and Learning disabilities

“It made things hard for me both socially and education wise,” she said, referring to her dyslexia and ADHD. “So now I go around to schools and talk to kids about challenges they may face — such as these learning disabilities — and how to overcome them with hard work… It’s their differences that make them unique.”.

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A personal story

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Mbulaheni believes that out of all disabilities the one that kills the most confidence is a learning disability because of how much society prioritises education.

”In this kind of condition, I can’t attain a matric certificate or even go to university simply because of the way my brain is set up.

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How difficult is it to live with Dyslexia?

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A Caller spoke to George Hook on High Noon today, explaining that the spectrum when it comes to the severity of dyslexia is extremely broad.

“My three children were all diagnosed with different levels of dyslexia,” he said. “As parents, we did the usual – we researched everything, and we got in to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.”

McDaid explained that homework can be quite traumatic for students with dyslexia, particularly reading exercises, as students struggle to make out letters in words.

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A personal story

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This story sent to us by Victoria:

Hi

I would like to share my Journey to Become a Writer, I was bullied at school, because I couldn’t spell, leaving me feeling isolated until my twin sister returned to the class with the morning register.

We shared the same learning difficulties and helped each other through them. We never received outside support and had to achieve everything on our own.

Both of us left school in 1986 with eight CSE grades of one to four, which we found outstanding under the circumstances.

At the age of thirty-one, I discovered I had dyslexia. This diagnosis lifted the darkened cloud from above me. I was also diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome, which is sensitivity to light.

Irlen Syndrome affects my ability to read or write on white paper, words will seem to melt on the page, blurring everything together.

Overlays of coloured plastic help ease this discomfort, and with the help of my rose-tinted glasses, I understand why I was never able to take dictation.

At the age of forty-two, a burning passion for writing I once had in my youth resurfaced. My learning disabilities had always kept me from trying to write, but with a new understanding of my challenges, I tried again.

With hard work and determination, I faced my arch nemesis once and for all. In 2012 I joined a short story and novel-writing course held at the local college. I was apprehensive when I joined my fellow writers.

Now I’m proud to have my book published on Amazon.

www.amazon.co.uk/Warchilds-Dreams-V-Anna-Smith-ebook/dp/B00P6LDFTQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494267003&sr=1-

 

Even as an adult student I was able to follow my dream and achieve my life long goal, and I feel amazing being given this opportunity to share my story and offer others encouragement.

Kind regards

Victoria

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Dyslectics! There is a career in advertising

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And the ad world seems to be full of people with dyslexia. “Advertising, like other creative industries, is absolutely full of people with learning difficulties,” said Chris Arnold, ex-creative chief at Saatchi & Saatchi, who is dyslexic himself. Arnold now runs his own shop called The Garage. “Half of my creative department is dyslexic.”

 

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Sounds like an April 1 joke but…..

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British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson is either a practical joker or a quirky eugenicist. On March 31 he announced the creation of the world’s first dyslexia-only sperm bank.

In the past, some sperm banks in the UK rejected dyslexic donors because they might be carriers of “common genetic diseases or malformations”. Ironically, they were reproached for being “eugenicist”.

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Early diagnosis is so important for dyslexia

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In our link for today another example of someone who found out so late about her Dyslexia that it had bothered most of her young life. People struggle unnecessary, we have the technology to screen early why wait?

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Dyslexia in the public school system

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This mother doesn’t believe public schools are doing everything they can to educate students with dyslexia. For example, she said, schools measure a child’s growth from year to year, but they’re not comparing that growth with that of an average student to ensure they’re closing the gap.

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Dyslexia as a fingerprint!

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A very refreshing view, as you come to expect from people with dyslexia, here is someone who compares their dyslexia with a fingerprint, pretty much unique for everyone.

Never thought of it that way but I guess it is valid, as there are many variations of the learning disability and your own situation also plays a role in how you experience your specific dyslexia. Here is a quote:

This is my Dyslexia. Every dyslexia id like a finger print no 2 people have it the same. Noone can wkno how you are with your disorder no matter you have.

 

 

 

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