Student film advocates for dyslexics in the education system

by Laura Mowat – A young woman with dyslexia is determined to change how sufferers are treated. Jo of Scholars Way in Amersham has created a documentary showing that dyslexia sufferers are at a disadvantage in the education system. In her new role as a young person’s ambassador, she will be supporting and educating people […]

Help kids with dyslexia by volunteering to create audio books

by Ashley Roten – Dyslexia is receiving more acknowledgement and awareness lately and is a growing problem for children and their ability to learn. Founded in 1948, national nonprofit Learning Ally aims to provide children with dyslexia with audiobooks to help with their learning battles. Learning Ally also provide parents, families and educators tools to […]

I realized my dyslexia included many advantages

by Lakeisha Leo – International speaker and dyslexia researcher Thomas West attended a seminar held as part of the Embrace Dyslexia campaign by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Dyslexia is a type of learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. YOU ARE DYSLEXIC. HOW DID YOUR PARENTS […]

Yes, students can be dyslexic AND intellectually gifted

Gifted and Dyslexic: Twice Exceptional

by Kelli Sandman-Hurley – I would like to introduce you to Jennifer. Jennifer is in the eighth grade and earning good grades—no, she is getting great grades. According to her teachers she is a nice, compliant, intelligent student who is just a little on the quiet side. Her ideas are complex and interesting and she […]

Dyslexie font: the back-story

by Sarah Dawood – Dutch freelance graphic designer Christian Boer created a font especially designed for dyslexic people in 2008, as part of a final university project. Six years later, it’s available in over ten languages, and is being used by around 2,000 companies, including the likes of Nintendo, Shell, Pixar Animation Studios and the […]

An identity change was easier than overcoming dyslexia for football player

by Dave Sheinin – Two years ago, Damion McIntosh received a message from a ghost. It came to his Facebook account, asking, “Do you know who this is?” McIntosh pondered the big, round face in the man’s pictures until slowly it dawned on him. “I’m like: ‘Damn, that looks like my man Johnny Knott,’ ” […]

School has dyslexia simulation to raise awareness

by David Kaplan – It’s mischaracterized, miscommunicated and misunderstood, but some estimates say fifteen to twenty percent of people have some form of it. There’s a lot more to dyslexia than meets the eye, and that’s exactly what one Roanoke school is trying to get across. North Cross has the Crosswalk program which aims to […]

Assistive technology can pave the way to college for students with learning disabilities

by Jennifer Kohlhepp – According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, only 10 percent of students with a learning disability are enrolled in a four-year college within two years of leaving high school, compared to 28 percent of the general population. Brian Meersma of Princeton Junction, who although affected by dyslexia, the most common […]

The value of assistive technology for students with dyslexia

by Kevin Riordan – I remember yearning to read the comics in the Sunday paper. But the hieroglyphs inside the speech balloons remained inscrutable, until – on a sunny morning in Miss O’Shea’s class – I finally grasped that a-n-d on the page and “and” in conversation meant the same thing. A eureka moment for […]

Accommodating employees with dyslexia

by Kate Everson – I have a lot of magazine and print designer friends, and the first thing they’ll tell you is that Comic Sans is the worst font ever created. Why this typeface is the subject of so much animosity is still a mystery to me, as the only time I’ve ever seen it […]