Teachers Embrace Audiobooks For Students With Dyslexia
Allison Mitchell, a special educator in Denver, Colorado who works with students who have dyslexia and visual impairments, says, “With Learning Ally, I can organize book assignments and track my students’ progress. I love that the audiobooks available for download match exactly the re_quired textbooks in my students’ curriculum. I like how easy Learning Ally is to use.”
DBU Program Accredited by Dyslexia Association
Dallas Baptist University’s master of arts in teaching program received accreditation from the International Dyslexia Association. The group recognizes university programs credited with doing an excellent job preparing reading teachers to lessen the impact of reading difficulties for their students. DBU was one of eight institutions in the United States to receive this accreditation. The International Dyslexia Association is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia, as well as related language-based learning differences. The association operates 43 branches throughout the United States and Canada, and it has global partners in 20 countries.
Playing with Colours: Band Teacher Re-thinks Sheet Music
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They say music is a universal language. But processing the visual clutter of sheet music can be too daunting for some. For 14-year-old Daniel Davenport, it’s nearly undoable. And yet, he’s been playing the clarinet for three years at Gordon Head middle school and is currently piping out notes to the Lord of the Rings movie theme, and trilling away to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
It’s all pretty typical for a Grade 8 student, except that Daniel has dyslexia and dysgraphia, meaning he can’t read or write. Not music, and not the English language.
Dyslexia Campaigner Up for Diversity Award
Sarah Chapman, whose story appeared in the Western Telegraph on May 28, was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult. She said she was labelled a “failure” and “stupid” at school and was expelled months before her GCSEs.
Sarah has now turned her life around. She is currently studying for a university degree, works as a volunteer campaign manager with the Dyslexia Association. She recently launched the Young Dyslexics website, where youngsters can share their experiences through short video presentations.
“I desperately want to improve the experiences of children with dyslexia, there is no reason for them to feel how I felt in school,” said Sarah.
Warwick Author Publishes New Book Dyslexic Dick II: The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience.
The World Federation of Neurology defines dyslexia as “a disorder manifested by difficulty in learning to read despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity.”
And what would you do if you learned that you were dyslexic? “You would write a book,” said Richard “Dick” Kraemer, author of, “Dyslexic Dick, True Adventures of My World.”
Kraemer, a Warwick resident, grew up in Monroe-Woodbury and Greenwood Lake. And all his life he struggled with reading and writing. The problem was that he didn’t know he had dyslexia.
Reading — A Matter of Health
I know firsthand how limiting a lack of literacy can be, affecting one’s world from not only living but surviving. If you cannot read directions, it is virtually impossible to have a job or make healthy choices. Reading is not only critical for getting food on the table, but also for understanding what food makes a difference in impacting health.
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