These are resources that parents/guardians will find useful in learning about what dyslexia is and how to best support their child(ren) who may be identified with dyslexia. Some of the resources are helpful for students to build their knowledge base and increase their self-advocacy.
2010 Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities
This document provides detailed information on the revised eligibility criteria for students with a specific learning disability that are more accurate and consistent with current scientific evidence as well as relevant research findings and key issues in the implementation of the guidelines.
A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut (2007)
This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services. These protections, rights and opportunities will best help students with disabilities reach their full potential when parents, families and schools work collaboratively. Setting high expectations for students and high standards for programs will provide the greatest opportunities for a successful adult life.
Resources to help students with SLD, SLD/Dyslexia, and other disabilities find campuses equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodations, and assistive technology.
An accessible and extensive online library sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education for students with print disabilities, including SLD/Dyslexia.
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Online resources for families of children with SLD/Dyslexia, including videos and webinars, and information regarding the Barton Reading and Spelling system.
Checklist of Common Signs of Dyslexia in Young Children and Parent Packet
A Checklist to be administered by Doctors, Nurse-Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Nurses with well-child checkups and with appointments in which parent(s) are concerned about academic performance issues. The Parent Packet includes information and resources about dyslexia.
Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
A Scottish Rite charity that provides information about SLD/Dyslexia and tutoring at no charge to children from early elementary through high school who have been identified with this disability.
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
A statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
An independent nonprofit network of attorneys, advocates, parents and educational professionals who support the legal rights of students with disabilities and their families.
Decoding Dyslexia – CT
A Connecticut advocacy group that raises dyslexia awareness by empowering families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with SLD/Dyslexia in public schools.
Assistive technology supports compiled by the University of Michigan, including software and apps, for students with learning disabilities and SLD/Dyslexia.
Articles, podcasts, videos, and blogs that emphasize the strengths and creativity of students with SLD/Dyslexia (membership fee required for access to some resources).
Dyslexia Society of Connecticut
Informational resources regarding assessment and instruction for students with SLD/Dyslexia.
Multimedia resources focusing on the strengths and learning challenges of students with SLD/Dyslexia and attention difficulties.
An online video, available in English and Spanish, that offers information about SLD/Dyslexia and captures the struggles that children and families face.
Fact Sheet Regarding New Dyslexia State Legislation
Fact Sheet Regarding New Dyslexia State Legislation
Friends of Quinn: Living with Learning Differences
An online community that provides resources, videos, and support for young adults with learning differences and their families.
Get Ready to Read
Resources and information designed to support educators and parents of young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.
A consumer’s guide to paying for college for students with disabilities, including scholarship information.
IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know
The IDA Handbook provides necessary information regarding a definition of dyslexia, characteristics of dyslexia, appropriate assessment tools, evidence-based interventions, and suggestions for managing a dyslexic's educational process.
International Dyslexia Association
Provides access to best practice information about structured literacy instruction and SLD/Dyslexia fact sheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and student success stories.
A nonprofit organization that supports students with print disabilities, including SLD/Dyslexia, by advancing the use of accessible and effective technology and assistive technology solutions. Learning Ally also supports the 1in5 Initiative, an online community where students with SLD and SLD/Dyslexia can share their stories via YouTube and blogs. http://explore1in5.org/
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Information on signs of learning disabilities and related conditions, including action steps to take when collaborating with a school team.
A center accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) that provides evaluation and tutoring services for children and adults with SLD/Dyslexia and consultation and teacher training in schools.
Provides SLD/Dyslexia resources and supports for parents, including independent reading evaluations, and professional learning opportunities and coaching for teachers and administrators
A literacy organization that compiles and shares information and tools for parents, teachers, and policy makers concerned with literacy solutions for children, including students with SLD/Dyslexia.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Empowers parents and young adults with information and resources about learning and attention disabilities, including SLD/Dyslexia.
National Public Radio (NPR) “Unlocking Dyslexia Series”
NPR’s five-part series on SLD/Dyslexia explores what it is, how it impacts learning, and how parents can support their children.
Read to Grow
Supports Connecticut families in understanding the critical role of early childhood literacy and empowers them to take an active role in their child’s reading development.
A national educational service project whose goal is to provide information on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD), including SLD/Dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
The Dyslexia Toolkit, An Essential Resource Provided by the National Center for Learning Disabilities
A resource to assist educators and families in supporting students identified with dyslexia.
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
A nonprofit organization that supports children with SLD and their families with Don’t Dys Our Kids resources, including a comprehensive report and action plan.
The LD Navigator
A comprehensive SLD resource guide for parents and pediatric medical professionals.
The Power of Dyslexia
Informational resources for families and students, including a video of famous and accomplished individuals who struggled with SLD/Dyslexia.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Comprehensive information for parents and professionals about reading disabilities including signs of SLD/Dyslexia, what parents can do, and student success stories.
An online resource supported by nonprofit organizations that collaborate to bring parents comprehensive resources to help children struggling with learning and attention issues; includes SLD/Dyslexia success stories.
Accurate and reliable information for parents about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.