Resources

Please note that DD-MO does not endorse, represent or have any legal connection with any of the resources listed below. These are websites, films and books that many parents have found useful in their personal searches for information on and about dyslexia.

NATIONAL & STATE:
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
The International Dyslexia Association
Understood
Bookshare
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)
Testing and Evaluation – created by the IDA
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Dyslegia: A Legislative Information Site
Explore 1 in 5
Eye To Eye
Resources to Prepare for College
MPACT MO Parent Training and Information

FILMS ON DYSLEXIA:
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Embracing Dyslexia
Dislecksia – The Movie
Journey Into Dyslexia

Reading Research
DD-MO Post on Reading Research from DD-OH

 

BOOKS ON DYSLEXIA:
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; Vintage (2005)
Shaywitz, a neuroscientist and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, offers scientific and human perspectives on dyslexia. Drawing on scientific research and her own case histories, Shaywitz explains what causes dyslexia, how to identify it, and how to help children and adults overcome it. In part 1, she explores the early history of diagnosing reading problems, biases that have crept into the evaluations of reading disabilities, and how dyslexic children are treated in schools. Part 2 explores new theories on identifying and treating dyslexia. Part 3 offers practical advice and exercises to help children become better readers year by year, and part 4 focuses on overcoming the disability. The epilogue includes commentary from dyslexic readers who’ve become quite successful, including John Irving and Charles Schwab. Parents and teachers will appreciate this tremendously helpful resource.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
by Pam Wright and Pete Wright; Harbor House Law Press (2006)
Are you beginning to advocate for a child with a disability? Are you confused and overwhelmed at school meetings? In this comprehensive and easy to read book, Pete and Pam Wright teach you how to organize your child’s disability and educational records, develop a master plan for your child’s special education, and use test scores to monitor your child’s progress. This practical, user-friendly book includes strategies, tips, references, warnings, and Internet resources. Whether you are new to special education or an experienced advocate, this book provides a clear roadmap to effective advocacy for your child. Pete Wright is an attorney that represents children with disabilities. He is also dyslexic.

Parenting a Struggling Reader
by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats; Broadway (2002)
According to the National Institute of Health, ten million of our nation’s children have trouble learning to read. While headlines warn about the nation’s reading crisis, Susan Hall (whose son was diagnosed with dyslexia) and Louisa Moats have become crusaders for action. The result of their years of research and personal experience, Parenting a Struggling Reader provides a revolutionary road map for any parent facing this challenging problem.

The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia
by Shirley Kurnoff; London Universal, (2001)
Just as the title says, this book is packed with real stories by people with dyslexia. While many books on dyslexia focus on the mechanics of the learning disability, this is the human story of the people who live with it. Through their stories we learn their strategies and tools for coping with the reading disability. Many of the stories are inspirational and will be a comfort to parents who worry about their child’s future.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
by Brock and Fernette Eide M.D., Plume (2012)
Presenting a variety of case studies and true stories to support the science, the Eides demonstrate that each individual with dyslexia is unique, and faces specific challenges while, at the same time, experiences remarkable talent and ability. Putting emphasis on the advantages of the dyslexic brain rather than the well-trod challenges with reading and writing, the Eides blend advice from successful individuals who learned to excel at “being dyslexic” with findings from their research that parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can use to help maximize their dyslexic advantage.

Dyslexia Advocate!: How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System
by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
This straightforward guide provides the essential information for parents and advocates to understand US law and get the right educational entitlements for a child with dyslexia.