“Dyslexia” by Eliza
Dyslexia is one of Australia’s most misunderstood learning challenges.
An estimated 20-25% of students have learning difficulties , which means they struggle with the acquisition of reading, writing, spelling or maths. The reasons for these difficulties are many and varied, from missing time at school to having English as a second language. For the majority of these students, we know that once they are provided with good support and instruction they will make strong progress.
An estimated 3-5% of students, however, will experience ongoing challenges to their learning, even when provided with appropriate support. These students may be classified as having a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), such as dyslexia, which is a Specific Reading Disorder. Dyslexia is not an intellectual disability – but children with dyslexia struggle to read and often feel as though they are failing each and every day.
Ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to learn to read is important, as is providing appropriate support and understanding to the one or more students in every Australian classroom with dyslexia. This is what has led organisations and volunteers across the Australian SLD community to create Dyslexia Empowerment Week (DEW), now in its fourth year. This year DEW is 16 – 22 October 2016.
The aim of this very important week is to increase our communities’ awareness and understanding of dyslexia so that people with dyslexia receive the understanding and support they need! Join us and get your local school and/or community involved to help raise awareness about dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
There will be a variety of activities and events that will take place during Dyslexia Empowerment Week such as Light it Red for Dyslexia on 15th Oct and the Red Letter Day Competition, 1st Sept – 22nd Oct.
Keep up to date on the ‘Events’ page. The events for DEW will be crowd sourced from schools and communities across the nation. So, join us today – list you own event – connect with us on Facebook and share with us your school’s activities!
Dyslexia Empowerment Week is currently managed by volunteers from LD NETWORK
*Includes access to Audio Visual Presentation of “The Dyslexia Debate Seminar: Implications for Educational Policy and Practice“ By Prof. Joe Elliot, originally presented at The University of Sydney in August 2015.
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Popular Dyslexia Information we have shared
I Have Dyslexia. What Does it Mean?
If You or Your Child has just been diagnosed with dyslexia, this is a great article to share about what dyslexia is and what it is not. From The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.
My Child Was Just Diagnosed With Dyslexia. Now What?
10 tips to help you get started, from Understood – Understanding Dyslexia.
Understanding Dyslexia and other Literacy Difficulties – free 24 min. Webinar.
Helen Arkell in association with The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust has produced this webcast containing valuable information on the definition of dyslexia together with some practical strategies for the classroom. Printable Resources also available.
One Little Dyslexic
Good resources, tips and encouragement for people with Dyslexia pursuing Higher Education
Young and Dyslexic? You got it going on
Guardian article about turning Dyslexia into an advantage, by Benjamin Zephaniah
Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids
Article by Holly Korbey. “Reading is a skill humans aren’t born with, but schools are designed to reward those whose brains are well-wired to read, which can complicate the learning experience for kids with dyslexia.”
Spelling and Dyslexia
From the International Dyslexia Association. Covers “How common are spelling difficulties?”, “What causes spelling problems?”, “Diagnosis of spelling problems”, “How do children learn to spell?”, Is the English spelling system predictable?”, “What are the implications for teaching?” and References.
10 Tech Hacks to Help a Struggling Reader
Time article by Belinda Luscombe. Tech Tips for Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
Read Me Differently, A Film about Dyslexia by Sarah Entine
Free steaming from the website for October 2015.
Movie Synopsis: “A shock of recognition in social work school leads award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships. It is a unique film that will generate thoughtful discussion whether in a classroom setting, work environment or at home with family members and friends.”
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Infographic Courtesy of Understood “Student Voices Survey” (National Center for Learning Disabilities)