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June Behrmann

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.

Decoding Dyslexia's Call for School Change Can Find Support from Experts Like Susan Barton

July 16, 2015

Waves of advocates for dyslexia are coming to Capitol Hill next week to meet with legislators. Parents from Decoding Dyslexia are convening on July 14-15 to get the attention of their legislators.

Evidence-Based Instruction

The message, according to the parent-led grassroots movement, is that their children's educational needs are being overlooked or improperly addressed in public schools. Specifically, the parents want accurate, evidence-based instruction from teachers who have required training and understanding about the educational and related needs of dyslexic students.

There is no shortage of information from reliable sources. One of them is Susan Barton, an expert in dyslexia who regularly communicates about the needs of individuals who have this inherited trait. Her July 2015 "Bright Solutions for Dyslexia" newsletter and her website is brimming with current information. Check out the range of help she provides including the following:

Next week: Information about dyslexia from Kelli Sandman-Hurley, published author and researcher of dyslexia. She is an adjunct professor of reading, literacy coordinator and a tutor trainer.


The federally funded Accessible Educational Materials program is available in every state. It supplies alternatives to print for eligible students with print disabilities at no cost to schools or families. To learn more in Virginia, log onto the AIM-VA homepage. In other states, ask a special education teacher or school adminstrator about AEM under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and an exception to federal copyright law.

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Thank you to AIM-VA: Accessible Instructional Materials for sharing this blog with our Reading Rockets audience.

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