Author Archives: Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Hidden Disability

Hidden Disability - A Song About DyslexiaDownload the PDF version of this article here.

Below is an mp3 of a song about dyslexia which was written by Tessa Matus and Berne Velasquez from Belize. They would like to use it to raise awareness to help create a dyslexia organization in Belize and beyond.  A video will be forthcoming, but for now please share and help them spread the word.

Hidden Disability

Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process

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This flowchart is a visual aid to help a parent and/or advocate of a child with dyslexia navigate the special education process.  It is meant only as a general guide.  It has been adapted from the forthcoming book:  Dyslexia:  Decoding the System by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of The Dyslexia Training Institute.

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Dyslexia: What’s Your Fight Song?

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Dyslexia:  What's Your Fight Song?  (Photo by Nan Palmero/Flickr)

Dyslexia: What’s Your Fight Song? (Photo by Nan Palmero/Flickr)

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Dyslexia Training Institute

From 1996 to 2008 the San Diego Padres had a closing pitcher named Trevor Hoffman. He was the hometown hero who only came into the game to ‘save’ it or put the finishing touch on the game. Every single time Trevor ran on to the field, the song, “Hell’s Bells” played and brought everyone to their feet. There was something about that song that made us all break out our towels and twirl them in the air. That song got us fired up and there was no way we could lose. We all have a song that makes us feel invincible, happy and ready to take on the world.

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Dyslexia: Be a Punk Band

Dyslexia Be A Punk Band - Dyslexia Training Institute

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In a previous article, Dyslexia: Hear Us Roar, I made a statement that we need to be louder and less polite. Well, we are getting there. It is a very exciting time to be part of the dyslexia community. There are grass roots movements like Decoding Dyslexia and Literate Nation that are making progress at a pace I have never seen. Three movies about dyslexia were released just last year. Assistive technology is gaining more acceptance as a legitimate way to help a student with dyslexia access the curriculum they are so capable of learning. I love it. It makes me happy. Ah, but there is always more to learn right? I do see a missed opportunity and I am here to call you to action.

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