Building a Better Future for Struggling Readers

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the resources and information to families, non profits, and legislators who are working to improve the outcomes and future for children with dyslexia in Texas.

Our goal is to affect positive change in our school district and state. This change will lead to timely identification for all students with dyslexia and provide them with the appropriate resources and interventions they deserve to reach their full potential.

What is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. Many state education codes, including New Jersey, Ohio and Utah, have adopted this definition. Learn more about how consensus was reached on this definition: Definition Consensus Project.

Dyslexia Advantages

"While dyslexia processing clearly creates challenges, these challenges are only one piece of a larger picture. Dyslexic processing also predisposes individuals to important abilities in many mental functions, including:

  • three dimensional spatial reasoning and mechanical ability

  • the ability to perceive relationships like analogies, meraphors, paradoxes, simillarities, differences, implications, gaps, and imbalances

  • the ability to remember important personal experiences and to understand abstract information in terms of specific examples

  • the ability to perceive and take advantage of subtle patterns in complex and constantly shifting systems or data sets

While the precise nature and extent of these abilities varies from person to person, there are enough similarities between these strengths to form a recognizably related set, which can legitmately be referred to as dyslexia related abilities or a dyslexia advantage. "

- "The DYSLEXIC Advantage" Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A. and Fernette F. Eide, M.D.

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