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IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

Dear Community Partner,

Each year for Dyslexia Awareness Month, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and offer resources to parents, teachers, and individuals with dyslexia.

The degree of difficulty a child with dyslexia has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies from person to person due to inherited differences in brain development, as well as the type of teaching the child receives. The brain is normal, often very “intelligent,” but with strengths in areas other than the language area. This “difference” goes undetected until a child finds difficulty when learning to read and write.

There are limited resources available to families about dyslexia and it is crucial to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dyslexia so that a child can be evaluated early in order to obtain the appropriate instruction and accommodations he or she needs to succeed in school.

This year IDA is providing families with a handbook entitled, IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know. This handbook not only contains invaluable information like the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, but also provides information on valid assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources. Further, the handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college.

As a community partner that supports children and families, we would like to provide you with a copy of IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know. We encourage you to share it! You can use the following link, to download it: http://www.interdys.org/unlockingdyslexia.htm.

Thank you for this opportunity to support families in their passion to help their children reach their fullest potential.

L. Penczek, M.A.
Interim Executive Director
International Dyslexia Association

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