Writing articles and then publishing can be fun, satisfying and hopefully, helpful to those who read them. But every author knows that it takes a certain amount of courage to put your thoughts on paper, or on video, and send it out to the world. Every author knows, or should know, that someone will (and should) scrutinize anything that is published. In my case, I usually welcome the scrutiny because it keeps me on my toes. It requires that I do not become complacent or lazy. It requires that I do my due diligence and make sure I am as accurate as possible before I publish anything. If I make a mistake, and who doesn’t, I learn from each and every one.
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
Download the PDF version of this article here.
In September of 2013, I received an email from a woman who wanted the Dyslexia Training Institute to help her get help to struggling readers in Belize. I thought to myself that it was an interesting concept, but that we probably wouldn’t be able to help since Belize is a Spanish-speaking country (I have since been corrected, English is their national language) and these things usually don’t go anywhere. But, I was interested and emailed her back and so began one of the most fulfilling exchanges of my professional career.
In 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.