Category Archives: Advocacy

My Dyslexia Hill Days Rally Cry

My Dyslexia Hill Days Rally Cry

I often feel like a fish out of water at these events because my experience is not as a parent but as an advocate, trainer and scholar of the English writing system. I want to start by congratulating you all on all the accomplishments Decoding Dyslexia has made over the years. I have been around awhile and I always say that when I first noticed DDNJ and starting watching them on Facebook and then saw all the other branches pop and start making things happen I was in awe. I saw more progress in 5 years than other organizations have done in the 20 years I have been involved in the dyslexia community.  So, you have a lot of be proud of.

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Dyslexia: When the IEP is a Dictatorship

Dyslexia - When the IEP is a Dictatorship by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of the Dyslexia Training Institute

Today the school psychologist walked into the room where we were having our IEP meeting, saw me sitting at the table, let out an audible sigh and turned around and walked out. I am not kidding, this really happened. Of course, we have a history and that history includes him not wanting to hear anything anyone has to say about scores, eligibility, goals or dyslexia. He is the fast-talking wordsmith (used car salesman?) in an IEP meeting. He is the kind of guy that talks in circles so most parents, who don’t have support at IEP meetings, are given very little opportunity to question his decisions because he won’t allow it. He is unable to think flexibly and does not like it when there is someone in the room who knows more than he does – he is the expert, no wait, he is the dictator.

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AB1369: Dear Fellow Californians

AB 1369 - Dear Fellow Californians

Dear parents, students and anyone who works with students with dyslexia in California,

The news of AB1369 has hit social media and the response has been a bit disconcerting, to say the least. Yes, I hear you when you say you are disappointed that AB1369 was pared down and we did not get everything we wanted. What you are not hearing is that AB1369 is not done, it is just beginning and in order to make it happen the way you want it to, we need your help, not your negative comments. Continue reading

OMG! Dyslexia and the Difficult IEP Team Member

Dyslexia and the Difficult IEP Team MemberThere comes a time in every advocate’s professional life when an IEP goes awry because of a hostile team member. This hostility can manifest verbally or non-verbally, and even when it is silent hostility it can still affect the IEP process. Today I had the pleasure of meeting a hostile IEP team member that was both verbally and non-verbally hostile and I am proud of the way we handled the situation, so I thought I would pass on some tips for handling this type of situation. Continue reading