Great Websites For Information on Dyslexia
Has your child been identified or diagnosed with dyslexia? Are they having difficulty in school, especially learning how to read? Here are some great websites for you to explore. Whether you want to learn about dyslexia, how your child’s academic needs can be addressed in school or how you can support your child’s learning navigate through these websites to find the answers to your questions.
International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), founded in the 1920’s, is the oldest organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. The IDA, originally the Orton Society, was formed to continue the work of Dr. Samuel Orton, in the field of reading research and multi-sensory instruction.
The IDA is committed to providing complete information and services to address the full scope of dyslexia and related reading and writing challenges.
Currently the IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. They support and encourage interdisciplinary research. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.
- IDA Fact sheets – to improve understanding of dyslexia
- Provider directory – resource for services include assessment, legal assistance, advocacy, speech-language therapy, academic language therapy, educational therapy, tutoring, and more.
- Teachers – information on preparation and evidence-based reading approaches
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity conducts and disseminates information about scientific research on dyslexia. The center is also a leading source of advocacy and information to assist individuals with dyslexia.
The mission of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate the latest innovations from scientific research and practical advice, and transform the treatment of children and adults with dyslexia.
- About – information about dyslexia as well as the center and current research
- For Parents – free help, working with your child, advocating for your child
- For Educators – resources about dyslexia and the classroom, student stories about being dyslexic
Learning Ally was founded in 1948 as an initiative through the New York Public Library, originally named Recording for the Blind. The organization used volunteers to record books for WWII veterans who had been blinded in the war. It was then changed to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic serving individuals with print-based disabilities as well as those with visual impairments. In 2011 RFB &D changed it’s name to Learning Ally.
In addition to having the largest human-narrated audio textbooks and literature, Learning Ally offers parent support services and professional development for educators.
Learning Ally has an annual conference for parents and educators, Spotlight on Dyslexia. This year the conference will be held December 4, 2015.
- Partners – links to other great organizations that Learning Ally partners with.
- Helpful tools – This link is found in the site map. It has information on how to find a tutor or specialist, a dyslexia screener, a parent question chat room and a link to search for audio books.
Understood began as cooperative endeavor between 15 nonprofits with the intention of giving parents of children with learning and attention issues access to the kind of resources usually only available to a few. After extensive research with more than 2,200 parents finding out the kinds of tools and information they needed Understood developed a digital resource that providing tools for parents that can be accessed on computers, tablets or smartphones.
- Learning and Attention issues – Links to articles on general information, signs and symptoms, types of issues, treatments and approaches, understanding your child’s issues and personal stories.
- School and Learning – Links to articles on working with the school, evaluations, special services, your child’s rights, tutoring and assistive technology.
- Friends and Feeling – Links to articles on common challenges, empowering your child, managing feelings and social situations.
- Community and Events – Find free webinars and parent chat groups.