The holiday season: a time for celebration, family and fun. But who doesn’t feel at least a little stress too? Between packed schedules, financial pressures and the special challenges families of kids with learning and attention issues can face during this time of year, you probably haven’t had time to keep up with the latest in LD news. But rest assured, because we’re here with a special set of stories that will not only update you, but inspire you. Each of these stories features parents and individuals who have made successful strides in improving opportunities for people with learning and attention issues at school, work and in life. Take a few moments this holiday season to kick back, relax and let yourself be inspired by the difference parents can make.
Decoding Dyslexia Movement Gains Momentum in Michigan(Up North Live) Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots parent movement for dyslexia, is continuing to expand. Now in 40 states, Decoding Dyslexia is pushing for early detection of reading difficulties, professional development for educators on dyslexia and access to research-based interventions for struggling readers. Check out this article to hear directly from a mom and dad who are central to Decoding Dyslexia’s efforts in Michigan.
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New Group Aims to Lift LD Stigma (Sea Coast Online) Many people buy into common LD myths–even individuals with LD and their parents. This often causes shame and contributes to the stigma of learning and attention issues, and one New Hampshire woman is determined to change that. Anne Donnell, who has experienced dyslexia both personally and as a parent, has started a community organization dedicated to empowering people with LD, busting the stigma of LD and improving local schools’ LD services. Read on to learn more about Donnell’s organization and the change she is bringing to her community.
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Jamestown Student Leads the Way in Advocating for Others with Disabilities (The Virginia Gazette) Too young to be an advocate for people with learning and attention issues? Tell that to Annie Downing, a 17-year-old high school senior with dyslexia who has just been honored by the Jamestown, VA school board for her LD advocacy. In addition to reaching out to other students with LD and making presentations at conferences for educators, Downing created an “Inclusion Day” to help prevent bullying of students with LD by helping non-disabled students understand what it’s like to have a learning or attention issue. You’ll no doubt be inspired by this young woman’s efforts and eager to learn what she’ll do next.
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Kaleigh Dumbach-Fusco is a program associate for NCLD. She is passionate about writing and advocating for educational opportunities for all children, and is thrilled that NCLD allows gives her the opportunity to do both. She holds a BA in education and urban studies from Columbia University.