Five Resources to Build Dyslexia Awareness

by | Apr 27, 2021 | Educational Resources, Holidays | 0 comments

We’ve talked a lot on my blog about VPD and dyslexia. We’ve discussed how the two disorders are similar and how they differ. 

But I don’t consider myself an expert on dyslexia. 

Today’s guest writer is an expert! 

Emily Gibbons has been in the education world for over 20 years and is, among so many other things, a dyslexia expert. 

I asked her if she would be willing to give us some insight on how to build dyslexia awareness for our kids and our students. 

Read what she has to say below!

Five Resources to Build Dyslexia Awareness

Whether you suspect dyslexia in your child or have just received a diagnosis, the amount of information can be overwhelming. You may be checking online for information about dyslexia or trying to sift through testing paperwork. 

In times like this, it’s easy to feel lost and not know where to turn first. You are your child’s best advocate, so it’s only natural to want to get them help immediately. You also want to educate yourself on the topic of dyslexia, but you might not know where to begin. I’ve compiled a list of helpful resources to help you build dyslexia awareness. 

Whether you are just starting out or just seeking more information than what the school or testing provided, these resources will be worth saving. Knowledge is power, so the more knowledgeable you become, the more equipped you will be when it comes to school meetings and helping your child.

1. International Dyslexia Association 

 The IDA is going to be one of your go-to websites for all things related to dyslexia and structured literacy. Designed for both families and educators, the IDA website is filled with helpful research articles, conferences and workshops, a list of IDA accredited programs, and a provider directory.

The provider directory is especially helpful if you are seeking to find a qualified educator for private intervention services. This free handbook called, “What Every Family Should Know” is a fantastic resource as you begin your journey.

2. Decoding Dyslexia

Every state in the U.S. has a chapter of this organization. This is a grassroots network of parents and advocates who work tirelessly at both the state and federal level to push for better dyslexia legislation, and screening in schools.

I recommend checking with your own state’s chapter by searching online or on Facebook. Members of local chapters will be able to assist you with advice at the local level. If you’re seeking a list of local providers, neuropsychologists for testing or workshops to attend, your local DD group is a great resource and a good way to get involved with spreading dyslexia awareness in your state.

3. Learning Ally And Bookshare

People with dyslexia benefit from having access to quality audio books. It is an essential piece of technology that should be readily accessed, but many families aren’t aware of options. Learning Ally offers limited grant funds to school districts for free Learning Ally accounts. It is up to your child’s school district to apply for the grant.

Ask your local school district if they are taking advantage of Learning Ally’s grant funds. If you have an official diagnosis, families can begin a discounted Learning Ally account at home. Both sites (Learning Ally and Bookshare) offer an extensive list of audio books. It’s not just chapter books! You’ll find textbooks, too. This is especially helpful for older students when they enter high school and college.

4. Overcoming Dyslexia

I get asked this question a lot. If I had to choose one book to read and learn about dyslexia, which book should I choose? The answer to that question has been clear for over fifteen years to me. I always recommend Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz.

This is THE book to find the latest research, information on diagnosis and remediation. Shaywitz and her team at Yale University gave us the first images via fMRI of the dyslexic brain. The updated version of the book provides even more detailed recommendations for helping people at all ages. Dyslexia cannot be cured, but people can be taught through systematic and explicit instruction, strategies through remediation, time, and patience to help them become successful readers.

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5. Wright’s Law

There is a vast amount of information when trying to understand special education in the U.S. The Wright’s Law website has organized it all for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys to make it so much more accessible.

Whenever I have a question about special education law, this is my go-to site. As I mentioned earlier, knowledge is power. When it comes to your child, you want the best services for them to help them achieve. This is one resource you will want to visit again and again.

Now that you are equipped with the dyslexia resources, you are ready to embark on a big journey. Think of the outcome.

You will never regret the time you spend building your knowledge base of dyslexia. Be sure to visit my site If you’d like to learn more about dyslexia and strategies for remediation or visit my store more student resources.

About Emily Gibbons, M.Ed C/AOGPE

Emily is a mom of four children and an educator for over 20 years. As a Certified Orton-Gillingham educator and dyslexia specialist, she created The Literacy Nest to build dyslexia awareness and offer structured literacy resources both through her online stores and on her membership site to create and customize resources, Word List Builder. She recently has collaborated with Heggerty to author a set of six decodable books for children in grades two and up. Emily assists fellow educators with running their own successful tutoring businesses through Tutor Success Academy. She looks forward to hosting The Literacy Nest’s annual virtual summer conference, “Building Readers for Life”, to help both families and educators learn practical tips and strategies for best practices in literacy. Sign up for The Literacy Nest’s weekly emails and access to a free resource library.

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Over twenty plus years, my educational career has spanned four continents and two states, as well as eight grade levels!

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