10 Nov

Scholarships for Learning Disabilities

There are many college scholarships aimed at helping students with learning disabilities.

College can be just as financially strenuous as it is academically demanding, and while many institutions offer financial aid packages for their students, these packages are not always as relieving as students and parents need. Independent scholarships, then, are a fantastic way to get the additional financial security you may need in college. Scholarship programs can be as exclusive or inclusive as they want, the requirements for eligibility ranging from GPA, honors, extracurricular, personal hobbies, heritage—even learning disabilities! As our schools become more aware and accommodating to different learning styles, more scholarships become available to help students with learning disabilities go to college. Help your child (and yourself!) with the sometimes overwhelming experience of college by using the aid of scholarships to ease the financial burden of a higher education. While many scholarships require the applicants to be incoming freshman in college, there are scholarships available for students of any standing with a learning disability—so start familiarizing yourself with them now!

My Dyslexia has several Scholarships listed to help parents find financial assistance for their child.

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26 Oct

Stanford Study on Brain Waves

Stanford Professor Bruce McCandliss found that beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading.

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Stanford brain wave study shows how different teaching methods affect reading development

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11 Oct

Two Articles about UA School District

A couple of recent articles by “The Columbus Dispatch” and the suburban news paper “This Week” on the turn around of the Upper Arlington School district addressing children with Dyslexia.

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02 Sep

There is more to Dyslexia

More to Dyslexia

Dyslexia is believed to be caused by a neurological language processing disorder. Dyslexia symptoms usually include difficulty with written and spoken information. Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. In public schools dyslexia may be severe enough to qualify as a learning disability. However, not all school districts use the term dyslexia. Severe dyslexia may be called learning disabilities in reading or writing in your child’s school.

Severe dyslexia symptoms may qualify for special education services. Specially designed instruction may be needed to address these needs.

Further, students with dyslexia may have other receptive or expressive language or auditory processing difficulties.

Symptoms of dyslexia may include expressive language problems or disabilities. When reading aloud, for example, people with dyslexia may reverse words or parts of words. A dyslexic child may read the word bad as if it were dab. Word order and sounds may also be confused, by dyslexics, and words are often omitted or slurred over. The dog chased the cat down the street could become the gob chaled on the treats. Dyslexics may also reverse letters and words in written language. Mirror writing, a complete reversal of words, is sometimes present.

Dyslexia symptoms may also include difficulty with receptive language. Dyslexic people may not correctly perceive sounds or words.

Whether reading aloud or silently or listening to spoken language, dyslexic students often cannot recall important details of what has been said or read. People with dyslexia may be unable to process material that is read to them, and have difficulty explaining main ideas of material.

In speaking and listening, students with Dyslexia have difficulty pronouncing words, especially those with more than one syllable.

Frequently they cannot repeat phrases that are spoken to them. They have difficulty gleaning the meaning from spoken phrases. Difficulty following instructions is also a symptom of dyslexia. Homonyms, synonyms, rhymes, and idioms are difficult for dyslexics. Dyslexics may also have problems with metaphors, similes, and other symbolic speech

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01 Sep

Every Student Succeeds Act

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Webinars and Proposed Stakeholder Meetings

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio will create a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful. The Ohio Department of Education will be seeking your involvement at a series of meetings throughout the state. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas. Please join us at a meeting near you. Additionally, the department will host a series of webinars covering focus areas within ESSA . Participants can learn more about specific topics and share their thoughts through a variety of response options. The Ohio Department of Education is committed to comprehensive and collaborative community engagement leading to the development of our state Student Success Plan. A plan that is deeply rooted in the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities requires everyone’s input.

Link to the Webinars.

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09 Aug

July 2016 Federal Guidance on ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Federal laws protecting the rights of students facing discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.

The OCR has just published its guidelines for school districts to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive appropriate special education and related services at no cost to the parents which is referred to as a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Students with ADHD and Section 504: A Resource Guide


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