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VA PTA Dyslexia Resolution

VA State Department of Education Manuals

thumnail VADOE SOL       VADOE Sped Parent guide             Guidlines for sped VADOE

SOL Implementation Manuals can be found here:

Special Education Parents Rights Manual can be found here:

Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)



AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials at no cost to Virginia K-12 students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  Accessible instructional materials are alternative print materials, (e.g., Braille, electronic files, etc.) that can be delivered to and used by students who are not able to use traditional print formats. AIM-VA staff provide teachers with training and technical assistance on how to select and use accessible instructional materials with students.


Understanding Dyslexia Testing Resources


Dyslexia Terminology


Facebook support pages:

Dyslexia Support Network, Shen Valley
Dyslexic Kids
Dyslexic Advantage
Decoding Dyslexia VA
Project DEBUNK Dyslexia Center
Dyslexia Training Institute

Susan Barton Webinar

Webinar hosted by Learning Ally featuring guest speaker Susan Barton, of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia. parents  try to get their child’s school to recognize ­ and do something ­ about  their spelling, writing, or reading difficulties, they may hear a large number  of myths. In this webinar, Susan Barton, internationally recognized expert in  dyslexia, shares more than 20 of the most common myths moms will hear ­ and  the facts parents need to refute them.

National Resources

Children’s Dyslexia Centers,

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) IDA Fact sheets –

The International Dyslexia Association | Matrix of Multisensory Structured Language Programs–

The International Dyslexia Association – IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Teacher Should Know

The International Dyslexia Association – IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)

National Center for Learning



Bright Solutions for Dyslexiawww.BrightSolutions.US

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy |

Dyslegia: A Legislative Information Site   |

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity   |

Proactive Parent   |

Parent Educational Advocacy and Training Center  |

Headstrong Nation  –


State Resources

Virginia Family Special Education Connection –

Ombudsman VA DOE

Gloria Dalton, Parent Ombudsman
Phone: 804-371-7420 or 800-422-2083



Local Resources

Loudoun County PRC –
Fairfax County PRC –

Films on Dyslexia:

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia   |
Dislecksia – The Movie   |

Embracing Dyslexia   –

Book Resources:

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.;  Vintage (2005) — A great book that explains what dyslexia is and gives parents tools for helping their children become fluent readers. One of the most helpful and informative books that most parents read early in their journey that really open their eyes and pointed them in the right direction to seek the help their kids needed.

Parenting a Struggling Reader
by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats; Broadway (2002) — This book helped explain how school systems work and provided real-world practical guidance on how to understand and work within the framework of the public school system. It also helped us understand the need to sometimes look outside public schools for additional resources.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
by Pam Wright and Pete Wright; Harbor House Law Press (2006) — Realizing that your child has an LD (or any disability) can set parents off on a roller coaster of emotions. This fabulous book helped us distinguish facts from emotions in order to properly document the facts and best advocate for our daughter.

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 Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
by Norman Doidge; Penguin Books (2007) — An astonishing new science called “neuroplasticity” is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
by Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A. and Fernette F. Eide M.D., Plume (2012) — In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people—individuals with dyslexia—share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity.

by Maryanne Wolf  “Human beings were never born to read,” writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child’s life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.
by Nancy Mather and Barbara Wendling.  provides practical, step-by-step information on accurately identifying, assessing, and using evidence-based interventions with individuals with dyslexia. Addressing the components that need to be considered in the assessment of dyslexia—both cognitive and academic—this book includes descriptions of the various tests used in a comprehensive dyslexia assessment along with detailed, evidence-based interventions that professionals and parents can use to help individuals struggling with dyslexia.

Dyslexia The Empowerment Plan

By Ben Foss  More than thirty million people in the United States are dyslexic—a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a “learning disability” or “learning difference,” that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don’t have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.

Learning Disabilities and Prison Data

The Impact of Ignoring Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: What We Know and Need to Know

 A Review of Research: Cost-Effectiveness of Early Instructional Intervention for At-Risk Students

Prevalence of Learning Disabilities in Prison

The Importance of Fidelity

Fidelity to Structured Literacy Programs for Initial Reading Instruction or for Remediation of Language Based Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia

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