Don Johnston's "Building Wings"
Don Johnston Communities
Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Universal Design for Learning
Learning is For Life
They see their classmates read and write, sometimes with ease, learning about the people and worlds around them, but those exact same texts seem to speak a different language to them— a confusing and alien one. But every day, it seems, we learn more and more about what makes it so alien, and how to fix it. We can stop Dyslexia and Dysgraphia in its tracks. Stop it from stealing the world away from our children, our students, and even those of us who never realized why this is all so hard...
The human brain was not designed to read. It was built for oral communication. Reading must be explicitly taught. Some people learn to read with ease, others find it more difficult.
People who struggle with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are not stupid and their brains are not broken. In fact, dyslexics often think of creative and unexpected ways to solve problems and challenges.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are lifelong conditions that are not curable but every day we learn more and more about how to treat them and create real opportunities for success.
Recent grassroots efforts have led to a widespread push by legislatures to regulate what schools are required to do to identify and then support dyslexic students. These initiatives across the country are growing and becoming more inclusive. If momentum continues, the goal is to assure all students, including dyslexic students, have every opportunity to succeed and the tools to do so.
Dyslexia is not just about flipping letters around. It often means a lot more difficulties than we may think.
creates experiential ways for people to learn and read, often bypassing the neurological barriers
THE RIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS
Shifting some of the burden from the written word to oral presentations and assignments in class can help raise the self esteem of a persn with Dyslexia.
that allow for multiple ways to approach text like text to speech and text leveling tools can grow with the student, helping them become acclimated to the written word faster
Every student’s own personal toolkit for understanding everything they read today.
Spark writing potential through speech recognition, translation, and word prediction
Use data to identify accommodations that work for individual students’ reading needs, allowing students to read in the way they learn best