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June Behrmann is a longtime special education teacher (pre-K to grade 6) who retired for about two seconds, and is now prospecting for accessible instructional resources. Follow June on Twitter @aimnoncat. Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with us.
5 Video Shorts from Experts Point the Way to School Success for Dyslexic, Other Learners
Short videos can go a long way to tell a promising story of how students with dyslexia and other special needs who learn differently can succeed in school. The videos chosen here run less than seven minutes. Each can be a resource to raise community awareness or to impart the latest thinking to aid professional development.
From AIM-VA Partners:
In "As They See It, Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities," (3 min.) Texas students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities share their excitement about literacy, audiobooks from Bookshare, and assistive technology as supports that open doors to confidence, independence, and achievement.
- Learning Ally
View "Dr. Sally Shaywitz on Dyslexia, Assistive Tech and Learning Ally," (<4 min.) to hear co-founder of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity share insights on the power of assistive technology, audiobooks, and her recommended accommodations for people with dyslexia.
- Dyslexic Advantage
In "Dyslexia: Dyslexic for A Reason," (< 7 minutes) A co-founder of a nonprofit organization that promotes the success and well being of people with dyslexia introduces accomplished professionals representing the arts and sciences. All are dyslexic and as children were "almost lost to the education system." Each has a compelling story to illustrate Brock Eide's contention that people with dyslexia think differently and will be stand-outs in the nation's future workforce.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
View "Work with Your Doctor to Understand Your Child's Learning and Attention Issues," (<2 min.) to learn why a relationship with medical professionals may be key to gaining the supports needed when a learner has dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and ADHD.
- Pacer Center
In "Understanding Accessibility in Digital Learning Materials: Simply Said," (<7 min) and found above, the AEM and PACER centers partner here to raise awareness of digital learning materials and what actions to take to increase their use.
AIM-VA Students who struggle to read print and who are found eligible under federal special educaiton and copyright laws due to a print disability can have free educational materials in formats that help them learn. All states have similar services. To learn more about eligibility and services in Virginia, log on to the AIM-VA homepage. In other states ask a special education teacher or school administrator about accessible educational materials (AEM, formerly AIM in an earlier funding cycle).
Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.