This weekend, I had the privilege of chatting with a couple of wonderful moms with dyslexic kids. It came to my attention that it can be hard finding good, positivity based resources to get help with a newly identified child or with issues related to being dyslexic yourself.
So, I decided to compile a list of sources I’ve stumbled across since starting this blog. I also intend to update this list as I find new pages and communities.
I’m always here to help in whatever way I can, too. My facebook page is also open for conversation and submissions, as well. I check that daily, unless my dyslexia is bad enough to warrant a break from reading or I don’t have access to the internet.
If you have a favorite place to go for information or support that I missed, please feel free to comment, and I’ll check it out before adding it.
These pages offer information, personal support and various forums on which to meet fellow people whose lives are touched by dyslexia.
Dyslexic Advantage– This is the official page based off of the wonderful book, The Dyslexic Advantage, by Drs Brock and Fernette Eid. It has a number of active forums, and I’ve only had positive experiences there. They’ve also compiled helpful articles, videos and many other types of resources.
Headstrong Nation– This page has separate sections geared towards adults and parents, along with a number of extremely helpful activities and resources. Ben Foss, the founder and a dyslexic himself, also wrote a book I’d reviewed back in October, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan. I also highly suggest check out their page on youtubefor some wonderful videos.
Dyslexic Kids– This group is run by a remarkable young man, Scott Forsythe, who noticed a distinct lack of support groups for kids who are struggling with dyslexia. He put this great organization together to give students a little extra support, spread awareness and put a positive spin on dyslexia.
Dyslexia Support – If you’re on Google+, I highly suggest checking this group out. I believe Scott from Dyslexic Kids founded this, too, but others post links, projects they’re working on and offer their support here as well.
Eye to Eye – This is an amazing nationally geared mentorship program for kids with learning disabilities. They match up college and high school students with LD/ADHD to children with LD/ADHD, and use creativity to help the kids learn about their unique way of learning and develop their self esteem.
Decoding Dyslexia – A grassroots advocacy group based in the USA, Decoding Dyslexia is a group of parents and educators focused rebuilding the governmental and educational structures towards a better understanding and universal definition of dyslexia, while spreading awareness of the neurological make up. Because it’s completely volunteer driven, not all states have a chapter, but this page has a list of the ones that do and information on how to start one in yours.
Resources For Information
With all of the ignorance and misinformation about dyslexia flying around, it can be difficult finding facts that you can trust. I’ve found these pages extremely helpful in finding information to help me understand my own experiences and that of others.
National Center for Learning Disabilities – Although this page also has a ton of great information about other LDs, it also has quite a bit of information about dyslexia. It also has a great guide based on stages of experience, from suspicion of disability up to helping a child achieve success, and another based on age ranging all the way from pre-K to adulthood. I’d also suggest checking out their downloadable guides, as well.
The International Dyslexia Association – I can never get the name of this page right on the first try, but this is another fantastic resource for general information and current events. What’s especially neat about this group is that it offers help for people around the world. They’re also active in working with various governmental entities in getting better education legislation in place.
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity – For some reason, I completely missed the forum on this page. I’ll have to check it out one of these days. In any case, this page offers the chance to read others’ success stories, get free help for students and a slew of info about signs to look out for, amongst other parts of the dyslexic experience. One of my favorite parts about this page is its emphasis on the creative side of dyslexia.
Dyslexia Action – This UK based group offers a place to find news, blog entries and numerous other helpful resources. They also have a page dedicated to finding services and support in the UK for folks with dyslexia.
Well, that’s it for now, but as I’d mentioned above, if I’ve missed anything, please feel free to leave comments. Owing to where I reside, US based groups are naturally more accessible to me, but since people all around the world have dyslexia, I’d be more than pleased to provide links to help them out, too.
Please, no profit based groups or “Cure all” types of organizations.