VA State Department of Education Manuals
SOL Implementation Manuals can be found here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/test_administration/index.shtml
Special Education Parents Rights Manual can be found here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/parents/parents_guide.pdf
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
Facebook support pages:
Susan Barton Webinar
Bookshare | www.bookshare.org
Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc | www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org
The International Dyslexia Association | Matrix of Multisensory Structured Language Programs– http://www.interdys.org/EWEBEDITPRO5/UPLOAD/MSL2007FINALR1.PDF
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) | www.learningally.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities | www.ncld.org
LD Online | www.LDonline.org
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia | www.BrightSolutions.US
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy | www.wrightslaw.com
Dyslegia: A Legislative Information Site | www.dyslegia.com
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | www.dyslexia.yale.edu
Proactive Parent | www.proactiveparent.com
Parent Educational Advocacy and Training Center | http://www.peatc.org/peatc.cgim?template=about_us.staff
Headstrong Nation – http://headstrongnation.org/
Ombudsman VA DOE
Gloria Dalton, Parent Ombudsman
Phone: 804-371-7420 or 800-422-2083
VA Department of Education;VDOE STAFF – BY DIVISIONS LISTING
Films on Dyslexia:
Embracing Dyslexia – www.EmbracingDyslexia.com
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 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