Category Archives: Special Ed Law and Dyslexia

Practical Articles and information about how to navigate the school system when a student has dyslexia or is at-risk for dyslexia.

All About Dyslexia

All About Dyslexia by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley - Dyslexia Training InstituteDownload the PDF version of this article here.


The Lowdown on Dyslexia was originally published here, but with new resources, new research, and even more detailed tips, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley updated the original work below.

All About Dyslexia

by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Every teacher in every classroom in every school in this country (and beyond) will come across several, if not dozens, of students who just can’t keep seem to get the ‘reading thing’ down. The students are smart, articulate, and creative, yet they omit small words, read slowly, have difficulty spelling, and stumble, guess or mumble through multisyllabic words. They are placed in reading groups for extra instruction and still don’t seem to ‘get it.’ And during his or her career, every teacher in every classroom in every school will ask themselves, “How can I help these children?” The answer is to learn as much as possible about dyslexia , because the child described above has dyslexia.

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Dyslexia: The Parents that Got Away

Dyslexia:  The Parents That Got AwayDownload the PDF version of this article here.

Do you want to know what keeps me up at night? No? Well, I am going to tell you anyway. It’s not my bills, my aches and pains, a good guest host on Saturday Night Live or even the excitement of an upcoming vacation. What keeps me up at night are the parents that come to my office, who tell me their story, trying their best to hold back tears, and who leave my office with the reality of their situation laid out before them and never come back. Continue reading

Webinar for Parents of Dyslexic Kids: Know Your Rights – Special Ed Law and Dyslexia

Webinar for Parents:  Know Your Rights - Special Ed Law and DyslexiaIn September 2013, Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky presented a webinar designed to educate parents about the special education laws and how the relate specifically to dyslexia.  The webinar, sponsored and hosted by Learning Ally, explains the IDEA, IEPs, 504s, accommodations, and more.

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