Advocating for children with Dyslexia
It is essential that parents become experts in their child’s identified areas of need and in the law as it pertains to their child. Nicole Dawson, PH.D Pediatric Neuropsychologist Founder encourages parents to become experts in dyslexia and evidence based interventions to remediate dyslexia. To that end, she recommends the following resources:
A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
by Sally Shaywitz
An excellent discussion of the current research on how children learn to read and what needs to be done to remediate a struggling reader. Dr. Shaywitz makes recommendations of reading programs that are research-based and found to be effective in reading remediation for individuals at various points across the life span.
Getting help in Illinois with a dyslexic student:
The Dyslexia Buddy Network's mission is to connect, inspire and empower kids in Illinois with dyslexia. It has hosted numerous inspiring speakers and social meet-ups, produced a short film "What I Wish Teachers Knew About Dyslexia" and published a guide "How to Build a Dyslexia Youth Group.
The State of Illinois has recognized the importance of identification and treatment of dyslexia per a recent piece of legislation that was passed that recognizes the international dyslexia associations definition of dyslexia and includes those with dyslexia among students who are entitled to special education services. For more information, please refer to the Illinois State Board of Education Dyslexia Resource Page: html/dyslexia.htm as well as the Illinois State Board of Education information page on special education services and specific learning disability:
New Illinois state law recognizing Dyslexia: Press release regarding new Illinois state law recognizing Dyslexia as a qualifying condition to receive special education !services and officially defines dyslexia
For everyone effected by dyslexia:
The Dyslexic Advantage: (Founded by neuroscience experts in dyslexia and focuses on the learning strengths of the dyslexic individual; great videos, articles, etc. for children/parents/teachers to understand dyslexia strengths and a wealth of other very important information to help parents and teachers become better educated on what dyslexia is and is not and how to support the dyslexic individual.
Nebraska Department of Education Technical Assistance Document for Dyslexia: Excellent summary on what dyslexia is and is not and how to intervene, including appropriate research based intervention for intervention: