Resources for Parents
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What Is Dyslexia?
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.