September–October 2020

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Parents Share what Works for at-Home Learning

A Dyslexia Reflection by Joanne Pierson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Until students get back to in-person learning, parents are going to have to continue to monitor their learning at home. Here are recommendations from parents of students with dyslexia for making your at-home school run more smoothly.

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Teaching Self-Advocacy

One of the most effective uses of your time is to teach your student how to self-advocate. Learning this critical skill not only helps to build greater confidence, self-awareness, and success, but also conveys your belief in him or her. Here are several tools and resources to assist in adding self-advocacy to your intervention.

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Know Your Rights: IDEA and State Law

As a parent of a child with special needs, it is important for you to know about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that sets specific standards for the education of your child.

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15 Ways to Build Bridges with School Staff

You and your child's school staff form an important team for your child's academic achievement. Here are 15 tips to help you develop a strong, positive relationship with your child's teachers and support staff.

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Equipped for Reading Success Reading Program

Equipped for Reading Success is a comprehensive step-by-step program that presents more than 20 strategies to improve phonemic awareness and word recognition skills in order to overcome reading difficulties for struggling readers.

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Leveraging Technology

When it comes to technology, learning how to best utilize its powers can be a challenge, but one that is well worth the rewards—especially for those with dyslexia.

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Success Story: Anne Burke

Anne Burke, Illinois Chief Justice

Illinois Chief Justice

Founder of the Special Olympics in 1968 and recently appointed as the Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice, Anne Burke sees every challenge and obstacle as an opportunity for growth and an expansion for her foundation of skills

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Dyslexia On-the-Job

Dyslexia is lifelong and therefore the challenges that can come with it can persist into one’s work life. Many of the same strategies for success in the classroom pertain to the workplace. You need to have a clear understanding of your strengths and learning disability.

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Go Red for Dyslexia in October!

Join the International Dyslexia Association and celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month 2020 by joining the Go Red for Dyslexia movement. Find out how you can get involved, show support, and spread awareness by visiting the IDA website.

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