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Resources for Parents

SPEDTex
Special Education Information Center    

We provide information and resources that can help you understand your child’s disability, your rights, and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in our state.

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IEP4Me
Empowering Parents    

I want to educate you so that you feel empowered to be your child’s advocate. Rather than relying solely on an outside professional to help make decisions, I want you to be the one asking quality questions that drive the IEP meeting and gain confidence that fuels your life-long journey. 

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The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan
by Ben Foss

While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics’ innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. 

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If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?
by Barbara Esham

This upbeat addition to the Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series offers an encouraging insight into the struggles and triumphs of someone with dyslexia. When looking for books about dyslexia for kids, If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi is a great way to start conversations about dyslexia both at home and in the classroom.

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The Lightning Thief Book Series
by Rick Riordan

Accompany the son of the sea god Poseidon and his other demigod friends as they go on a series of quests that will have them facing monsters, gods, and conniving figures from Greek mythology. Do they have what it takes to save the Olympians from an ancient enemy?

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Neuhaus Education Center

Neuhaus Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to promoting reading success. Neuhaus provides evidence-based training and support to educators and district leaders, supplies information and resources to families, and offers direct services to adult learners.

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International Dyslexia Association

Our mission is to create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

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What Is Dyslexia?
by Sandman-Hurley

Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

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Dyslexia Awareness Part 1
by Made by Dyslexia

Celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Maggie Aderin-Pocock join expert teachers from two world leading dyslexia schools to share their wisdom and expertise in these inspirational Dyslexia Awareness Training films produced by Made By Dyslexia.

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Dyslexia Handbook

Texas Education Agency (TEA)    

The State Board of Education (SBOE) requires that each district and open-enrollment charter school implement the SBOE’s strategies for screening, individualized evaluation, and techniques for treating dyslexia and related disorders through its approved “Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders” [19 Texas Administrative Code 74.28].

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Overcoming Dyslexia Second Edition
by Sally Shaywitz    

A major update and revision of the essential program for reading problems at any level, incorporating the latest breakthroughs in science, educational methods, technology and legal accommodations.

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Sir Kaye the Boy Knight Book Series
by Don M. Winn

Kaye is an ordinary boy who likes exploring and dreams of being a legendary knight like his father. But good knights are hard to find in Knox since the king died. When the new queen knights Kaye for doing a brave deed to help another person, he gets his wish a lot sooner than he expected.

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Got Dyslexia?
by Heather Pritchard

Matthew has trouble reading because of something called dyslexia. When he learns he's getting a new teacher, he's a little nervous. Will Mrs. Hanke be the teacher Matthew needs? Can Matthew finally believe that he can do well and have fun in school?

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Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

Academic Language Therapy is the diagnostic and prescriptive application of Multisensory Structured Language to mitigate or remediate written-language disorders, including dyslexia.

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Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC) is the preeminent source of cutting-edge research, informed advocacy and trustworthy resources to help those with dyslexia reach their full potential.

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Wrights Law

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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Overcoming Dyslexia Finding Passion
by Piper Otterbein at TEDxYouth

Piper Otterbein is a senior at Cape Elizabeth High School. Piper was born in New York, but she has lived in Cape Elizabeth for the past eleven years. When Piper was in first grade, she was diagnosed with a learning disability. While Piper struggled throughout elementary school, it was not until 7th grade that this disability was identified as dyslexia.

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