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Success Stories

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

This article was reposted from NCLD.org.   Dyslexia Is Local in Forsyth, Georgia More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on twitter Share on email By: Tina Pryor McGinley, Parent Contributor   As I was beginning the journey with my son’s dyslexia, I realized that there was a definite need for local support and resources about learning disabilities (LD). The internet was an invaluable tool (or not, if it caused more anxiety and late-night reading binges!), with a wealth of information about what is and isn’t dyslexia, how to treat it and how not to treat it. However, what I needed was a real-live human being to talk to; someone who has walked in my shoes and knows what it feels like to have your world turned upside down.It can be very isolating when you feel like the only person in the world with a child that has dyslexia. I needed to find out about steps I should take to get a diagnosis, how to find the right tutor and what to ask for in the school system.Since I was unable to find local support for LD, I contacted a private school for dyslexia for advice. All I needed was someone to assure me that I should run with my instinct that something was not right with my child’s learning, instead of the wait and see that I consistently heard. It was liberating to feel that I was not at the mercy of schools, that I no longer had to convince teachers that there was a problem and that I had some control of the situation. Eventually, our family made our way through the early stages of my son’s diagnosis and remediation through a lot of sweat and tears, plus two years at a private school that teaches specifically to students with dyslexia. After witnessing how well my son responded to being immersed in an environment well-suited for his learning style, it fueled my passion to increase awareness about this most common LD. I realized a diagnosis of dyslexia was not a sentence to perpetual failure but an opportunity to change my perspective on learning and intelligence. Once I had made it to the acceptance phase of grieving (and yes, you do grieve over a child’s diagnosis of a LD), I knew something had to be done to prevent other people from experiencing the same heart-break that I had from a lack of local support. With the backing from the assistant director of special education in my district, I sent out an email to people whom I thought would have a similar enthusiasm to serve the community. Thus, the formation of Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County, a group of professionals and parents of children with dyslexia with a mission to provide local support to parents and educators. We are all passionate about increasing awareness and helping others navigate the ups and downs of LD. Each month, we host free, monthly presentations at our local board of education. Some presentation topics have included: executive function, identifying the profile of a struggling reader, how families and their school system can work together to ensure success for their student, the legal rights of students in special education and a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Members of our group frequently provide emotional support and advice via email and phone. We also make sure that families in our community have access to articles and helpful information about learning and attention issues. The internet is a wonderful place with great resources, but local support and resource groups have a critical role to play. I highly recommend looking for a local group in...

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In the News

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Introduces Bipartisan House Resolution Jan 21, 2014 Issues: Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus   Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., along with Congresswoman Julia Brownley, recently introduced H. Res 456, a resolution urging the House of Representatives to call on schools and state and local educational agencies to address the implications that dyslexia has on students.  Representatives Cassidy and Brownley both serve as the Co-Chairs of the House Dyslexia Caucus. Cassidy stated, “Dyslexia affects millions of Americans, including many students.  We know that many with dyslexia are among our brightest and most successful.  If dyslexia is identified in elementary school and the appropriate resources are given to these children, America can produce more teachers, more scientists and more entrepreneurs.” Congresswoman Brownley added, “I am happy to support this common-sense first step towards addressing dyslexia in our schools.  With this resolution, the Caucus can help raise awareness amongst our colleagues about the tools we need to put in place to ensure students struggling with learning disabilities like dyslexia succeed and thrive.” Several advocacy groups involved in dyslexia applaud the introduction of this legislation and look forward to what progress will be made in the next year. Their statements follow: “NCLD applauds Congress for passing a resolution that recognizes the value and talent that resides in students with dyslexia and other learning and attention issues. Now, we must all work together to ensure our education system lives up to the promise expressed in this important resolution,” said James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. “Parents across the country are eager to support Reps. Cassidy and Brownley in their bipartisan effort to recognize and meet the needs of students with dyslexia.  We encourage all legislators to join their colleagues in advancing this cause.  As a nation we cannot afford to maintain the status quo when it comes to teaching our children to read; far too many students are being left behind,”  said Decoding Dyslexia. “Dyslexia, and other related disabilities, should be about strengths, not about shame. This resolution is an important initial step toward assuring that every child receives a fair and appropriate education and every workplace complies with federal laws about equal opportunity for our community of 30 million Americans,”  said Ben Foss, Board Chair, Headstrong Nation. “Thousands of students, parents, and educators in Learning Ally’s community appreciate the efforts of Dr. Cassidy and members of the Dyslexia Caucus as they advance the reforms needed to improve  educational opportunities for the one in five individuals who are affected by dyslexia,”  said Edward Bray, Learning Ally’s Director of Public Policy & Advocacy. To see the full text of H. Res. 456, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1alqSxe.   ###...

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