On Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky presented Dyslexia and the IEP: How to make sure your IEP is in tip top shape, a webinar hosted by Learning Ally. Continue reading
Knowing the facts about dyslexia is the first step to advocating. Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley breaks down nine of them for you below.
Dyslexia Fact #1: Dyslexia is not a vision problem and cannot be remediated by color overlays or vision therapy. Sure, those may help, but for true dyslexia, an intensive remediation is necessary. People with dyslexia see things the way people without dyslexia do, therefore if vision problems are suspected, they need to be ruled out or remediated before a diagnosis of dyslexia can be made.
On January 28, 2014, we spoke in front of the San Diego Unified School District in an attempt to inform and educate them about the widespread issue of dyslexia in their schools. Below is Dyslexia Training Institute Co-Founder, Tracy Block-Zaretsky’s speech. You can also find Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley’s speech here. Feel free to adapt the speech to use with your school board.
Well, we did it. Tracy and I went to the San Diego Unified School Board meeting and expressed our concern about the lack of instruction and identification of dyslexia. We attempted to educate the board within the three minutes we each had. I would love to report that it was a transformative experience and that they get it, but then I would be lying. While we are unsure of the impact of our statements, we are sure that we helped someone in that room and we exercised our rights as citizens to express concern about the public education system. What we can promise is that we will be back and we may be back every month until they do more than nod their heads.