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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.

Understood's Free 100-Book Give-Away: Help for Parents to Empower a Child with Dyslexia

February 23, 2015

The website "" and Ben Foss, the founder of Headstrong Nation and a popular author-public speaker with dyslexia, has a deal for parents. Right now, there is a 100-book give-away made as part of Foss's interview last week with the Understood staff, "Play to Your Child's Strengths."

Understood is a nonprofit partnership of about 15 organizations, lead by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, that provides online resources and education about learning and attention issues.

Love Learning

Parents who join an online conversation will be part of a random drawing for The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning (Foss, 2013). Foss helps adults with dyslexia as well as parents of children with dyslexia. The goal is to help all with this neuroloigcal trait to build self-esteem and confidence as learners who know and use their strengths to develop a love of learning.

Understood's interview with Foss offers riches for all who care about improving the learning and social lives of students who fail or falture due to instructional missteps.

  • Be sure to read the "A Final Note from Ben," and "Ben's Native Tongue" at the end of the short article.
  • Check out Amanda Morin's linked list of strengths. She writes regularly for "Understood" as an advocate, book author, and parent of children with special needs.
  • Learn why a step-by-step approach helps dyslexic learners become self-advocates who can tell their own story and identify their needs.
  • Learn why resilience and continuous questioning are skills that create lifelong learners.

How to Enter

Understood asks parents to become part of or to add to the conversations on the Understood website. "For a chance to win a copy, simply start a discussion or reply to an existing discussion in our Community Groups and fill out the entry form by March 2, 2015. Winners will be selected at random," the organization says.

No purchases are necessary but all who enter the competition must be a legal resident of the U.S. and at least 18 years old to enter. This sweepstakes began on Feb. 16, 2015, and ends on March 2. See the full Official Rules for more information.


Students with dyslexia and other print disabilities need alternatives to traditional books in print in order to access the curriculum. These are available at no cost when students are found eligible through a school's educational team. Teachers can receive free training to maximize the use of the chosen formats that best help these students learn. Go online to the AIM-VA homepage to get started. Equivalent services are available in every state. Ask a special education teacher or school administrator about accessible educational materials under the Individuals with DIsabilities Education Act and federal copyright laws.

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

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