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Informational Resources

  Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

The Academic Language Therapy Association® (ALTA) is a non-profit national professional organization incorporated in 1986 for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of education, practice and professional conduct for Certified Academic Language Therapists. Academic Language Therapy is an educational, structured, comprehensive, phonetic, multisensory approach for the remediation of dyslexia and/or written-language disorders.

ALTA publishes a national registry of Certified Academic Language Therapists, a newsletter to keep members informed about the profession, and a scholarly journal to provide a forum for professional discussion and to disseminate timely information regarding the treatment of written-language disorders and the practice of academic language therapy. The Association maintains online help for information and therapist referrals and has developed achievement-motivating events for children with written-language disorders such as "Words of Winners", a phonetic-based spelling bee. ALTA has established a Code of Ethics for therapists and publishes public information brochures regarding academic language therapy, the Association, and practices and protocols for therapists.

 

 

  The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)

The mission of IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.

The Purpose of IMSLEC is:

    • To advocate for high standards in the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists — clinicians and teachers
    • To establish standards and criteria of excellence
    • To evaluate and accredit:
      • Comprehensive MSLE training courses offered by existing independent agencies and centers; and
      • MSLE courses offered by other already accredited institutions.

IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dyslexic individuals and the families who support them. Their website contains information on dyslexia, an online bookstore, and much more.

 

 

  National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

NCLD connects parents and others with essential resources, provides educators with evidence-based tools and engages advocates in public policy initiatives

 

 

  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA's website is for professionals (i.e. speech-language pathologists, audiologists) and students who are members of ASHA. It contains information about different language disabilities and a directory for you to find a professional within your state.

 

 

  Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is unique in being the only organization established and authorized expressly to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach and to certify teachers and to accredit instructional programs that meet these standards. The Academy is incorporated and operates under the New York State Education Law, its corporate status being authorized in 1995 by action of the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

 

 

   Learning Ally – Together It’s Possible

Learning Ally is a national nonprofit with a defined approach to help support students with learning disabilities and their families.

 

 

Dyslexia Defined

Dyslexia Defined provides a comprehensive definition of what Dyslexia is as well as resources for parents and teachers.

 

 

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

Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics.

 

 

   U.S. National Library of Medicine Dyslexia Definition

U.S. Government publication defining Dyslexia, its causes, symptoms, identification, treatment, and potential outcomes

 

 

  The Power of Dyslexia

With so many common misconceptions floating around about dyslexia, it’s important for people to understand what dyslexia really is, how to recognize it, and what it can mean for a person’s life. At The Power of Dyslexia, we are dedicated to focusing not just on the negative qualities that dyslexia can include — but also on the positive effects it can have on a person’s life. Though many children are not treated properly for dyslexia in schools, there are still all kinds of dyslexic individuals who have gone on to have successful careers in all fields ranging from business to the arts. The Power of Dyslexia will provide resources for dyslexic kids, dyslexic adults, and parents of children with dyslexia

 

 

  Florida Center for Reading Research

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.

 

 

  Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity strives to illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia and disseminate information, practical advice, and the latest research to transform the lives of people with dyslexia. Their website is a great resource.

 

 

  The University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy

The University Center for the Development of Language and Literacy has offered intensive language and literacy intervention, evaluations, and consultations to clients of all ages and from all parts of the country.

 

 

  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Learning disabilities affect how a person reads, writes, speaks, and calculates. They are caused by differences in a person’s brain and include several disorders that affect the ability to learn. The NICHD is one of many NIH institutes and other federal agencies investigating the causes of these disabilities (including those that might be genetic and neurological), studying methods for evaluating children who may have the disabilities, and developing strategies to address these issues.

 

 

  Everyone Reading – Formerly NY Branch of IDA

Reading is a critical link to success. Everyone Reading advances the lives of children and adults with dyslexia and related learning disabilities by providing the resources they need to learn to become successful readers, writers and spellers.

Everyone Reading, Inc., formerly the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, was first created 40 years ago by a group of concerned parents and educators; Since then the organization has expanded its programming and administrative capacity, becoming recognized both as a provider of high-quality professional development services and as the go-to resource for parents, adults and professionals seeking guidance and support in the area of dyslexia and related learning disabilities.

Everyone Reading strives to lessen, and eventually eliminate, the stigma associated with dyslexia and LD. We also work to demonstrate to the community that dyslexia and LD can affect anyone–including people with average and above-average intelligence

Thank you for your interest in our organization. Everyone Reading Illinois is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of research on and treatment of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.

We serve the entire state of Illinois and we were founded in 1978. We strive everyday to bring together parents, teachers, and other professionals to learn, network and discover the latest research, methods and tools for working with individuals with dyslexia.

We are dedicated to achieving reading proficiency for all Connecticut residents through evidence based training for teachers in order to provide appropriate explicit, systematic instruction for students with dyslexia and related reading disabilities.

Welcome to the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut. While our organization has been transformed, we have retained our highly qualified, energetic board of directors. Since 2003, we have been a Connecticut nonprofit corporation and have operated as part of a multinational organization. Now we continue as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit and will focus on dyslexia, particularly reading proficiency, in Connecticut. We will work diligently to encourage diagnosis, improve reading skills, and all components of dyslexia, which impact academic, social, and economic issues for dyslexics and all who struggle with reading proficiency.

 

 

Fun Brain – Educational Games for Students

This is a fun website for kids.  Books online, grammar games, math, and fun things too.

 

 

Enchanted Learning

Books to print and many other educational resources and activities

Assistive Technology and Software Applications

    Software and Assistive Technology
Today's technological age has brought forth a number of very good computer programs and tools to help individuals with:
    •    Listening & speaking
    •    Reading & spelling
    •    Writing & organization
 
 
      Apps for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
This page contains an extensive and meticulously organized list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of dyslexics, or the professionals who work with dyslexics (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.). We carefully consider each app before we add it, ensuring that it claims to help dyslexics in ways that are in line with the evidence on how to help dyslexics. In other words, we add apps that aid with the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing, but we do not add apps that are visual aids for reading, because evidence shows that dyslexia is not a visual disability.
 
 
      Learning Ally – Together It’s Possible
Learning Ally is a national nonprofit with a defined approach to help support students with learning disabilities and their families.
 
 
      International Dyslexia Association (IDA) iPad Apps for Literacy Instruction
Using iPads for literacy instruction opens up many stimulating opportunities. These tablet computers are portable, easy to use, and there are countless “educational” iPad applications, or apps, available. Finding high-quality apps, though, poses a daunting challenge not recommended for the faint-hearted. This search can take hundreds of hours and waste more than a few dollars.
It can be challenging to locate worthwhile apps that reinforce literacy instruction in phonological awareness, phonics (reading and spelling), vocabulary, morphology, text comprehension, and written expression. This article will help locate apps for teachers, parents, and students—apps that are fun, easy to use, and (don’t tell the kids!) educationally sound
 
 
      Ginger Software Tools for Writing and Grammar
Ginger’s mission is to remove language barriers between people by enabling everyone to communicate in native-level English.
Ginger’s products reduce the stress associated with writing by ensuring grammatically perfect, typo-free text bursting with expression and meaning - exactly what you need to help you get your intended message across!
 
 
      Marianne Sunderland Best Dyslexia Apps – Middle School, High School, and Beyond
Having home schooled dyslexic kids for the past 20 years, I have a unique appreciation for the plethora of handy new technology that is available today to help my kids who learn differently.  I long thought of technology as a crutch, but now think of it as the way of the future and we are enjoying many of its benefits.  There are many great apps for teaching reading readiness, phonemic awareness and multi-sensory phonics instruction for younger, budding readers.  I am still gathering a list of our favorites and will post that when I have finished.  Today I am focusing on the older kids.  The kids who need these tools to help them be organized and efficient as they head into the ‘real’ world and away from textbooks, class assignments and the like.