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special ed law & dyslexia webinar

How do you know which way is up?

How can you work with your school to get help for your struggling child?

IEP, 504, SLD, SST, Push In, Pull Out — what does it all mean?

In this information-packed free webinar, Kelli Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky of The Dyslexia Training Institute, shared a detailed tutorial on how to navigate through the school system when your student has dyslexia. Visit Learning Ally to download the documents that are referenced in the webinar and to participate in the discussion.  

When I came back to get my results, the lab coat–wearing researcher looked very nervous. She couldn’t make eye contact with me and fidgeted in her seat. The more anxious she looked, the more nervous I got that this wasn’t going to go well. She finally looked up from her clipboard, and the following conversation ensued.

“Ben, I don’t know how to tell you this...but you’re really dyslexic.” 

“Really? Excellent!” I meant it. I was greatly relieved.

Read the rest of Headstrong Nation founder Ben Foss's recent post for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): What Dyslexia Looks Like in My Brain.

Ben Foss's last presentation at Eagle Hill Southport in June 2013.

Come and listen to Headstrong Nation founder Ben Foss as he addresses the dyslexic community and its supporters next week at Eagle-Hill Southport in Fairfield, CT. Presented by the Eagle-Hill School and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Ben will be speaking about his recent book as well as how to take advantage of Headstrong Nation. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, September 19th

Time: 7-9pm

Where: Eagle Hill - Southport School

REGISTER HERE!

If you know someone in the tri-state area that would benefit, please share!

The hardest part about dyslexia is the loneliness. The same is true if you’re the parent of a dyslexic child. Feeling cut off from your friends, your school or, worse, your child, is tremendously painful.

People tend to focus on the functional challenges: spelling tests, chapter books, standardized tests. But it’s the secret fears about how dyslexia will play out that hold us back the most.

Read the rest of Headstrong Nation founder Ben Foss's most recent post for the NCLD: Dyslexia Insight #4: Seven Secret Fears About Your Dyslexic Child.

"As a dyslexic person, reading is like having a bad cell phone connection to a page. Information drops out, and I can’t access the content. When I listen to a book on tape or a talking computer, it’s like having a landline. Mainstream readers “eye read”; people who are blind and use Braille “finger read”; I “ear read.” 

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to understand the joy of reading. This desire quickly turned into a deep sense of shame. I assumed my slow eye reading must have been my fault for not trying hard enough—rather than the problem being a flaw in the design of the book itself. I created elaborate camouflage—I even won a local bookmark-making contest! I wanted everyone to think I was “well read,” but all of my energy was going into hiding who I really was. For the first time in my life, I officially love books. That’s because today, I published one. It’s a step-by-step plan to help parents of kids who are dyslexic like me find the path that will allow their children to love books, too. For someone who always felt left out when others began discussing literature, this is a profound moment."

Read the rest of Headstrong Nation founder, Ben Foss's Dyslexia Insight #3: What It Takes for a Dyslexic Kid to Love Books from the NCLD.

We are absolutely touched by the community response to our new site. We are delighted to be receiving lots of inquiries and feedback, but want to remind you that we are a small team, so it will take us some time to get back to you. In the meantime, please explore the site and take advantage of what it has to offer:

and lots more!

If you are looking for immediate help, please contact NCLD.org. Or, if you are looking for information about our founder Ben Foss's new book, visit: www.benfoss.com.

"A big part of being successful when you’re dyslexic is being able to engage people who don’t know much about dyslexia in a conversation. I like starting with some stats: “Dyslexics are 10 percent of people, 35 percent of entrepreneurs and 41 percent of prisoners.” 

Read the rest of Headstrong Nation founder, Ben Foss's post for NCLD: Dyslexia Insight #2: The Best Way to Start a Conversation about Dyslexia

"If you’re terrible at a thing you’re asked to do every day, you begin to assume that you must be the problem, and you try to hide it. That is shame. The key to success as a dyslexic person is to understand your strengths and weaknesses." 

Headstrong Nation founder Ben Foss discusses celebrating strenghts and finding joy as a dyslexic person in his recent post for the NCLD: Make Dyslexia About Strengths—Not Shame.






 

 

We are putting together a set of programs, webinars and events that will allow us to take Headstrong Nation's ideas and bring them directly to you. 

Want to learn more about being an empowered, successful dyslexic? Or about how to build your own dyslexic toolkit? 

Take a moment and visit our Events page. You can fill out a form if you want to be contacted when we kick off our first event or webinar. There's also a place to share your ideas and preferred topics with us. Thank you!

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