Dyslexia Resources

ORGANIZATIONS

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

IDA is one of the leading organizations to support, promote, and disseminate interdisciplinary reading research to professionals and the general public.  This site could be your “one stop shop” for basic information, fact sheets, provider directories, accreditation, conferences, workshops, articles, and even a video library.

International Dyslexia Association (Northern California)

IDA branch for the Bay Area.  Site contains more specific, locally relevant content than the IDA site, including CA dyslexia laws, upcoming teacher training programs, college and scholarship resources, dyslexia simulation kits and events calendar.

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

One of the leading research and treatment centers for dyslexia.  The site is updated frequently with featured content, including interviews, stories, creative projects, blog posts, tips and research.  The emphasis on creativity, growth and inspiration for parents, educators and people with dyslexia sets this site apart.  

Dyslexia Help at University of Michigan

Comprehensive source of information with separate portals for dyslexics, parents and professionals.  The success stories and videos section provides an inspiring escape from information overload.  Access their bi-monthly newsletter under The Latest tab.  Especially comprehensive section of assistive technology tools.

Understood for Learning and Thinking Differences

Treasure trove of content on a wide range of topics, including dyslexia.  Articles are written in clear, simple language with embedded supplementary information.  Understood also produces original videos, fact sheets and infographics.  They recently launched a community app, Wunder.

 

Children’s Health Council

South Bay-based organization that provides clinical services for ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, depression and autism using a multi-disciplinary team model.  CHC runs a school for students with dyslexia, as well as a therapeutic day school.  The site offers extensive community resources including podcasts, webinars, expert blog, online resource library, support groups and collaboratives.

Decoding Dyslexia CA

A grass-roots movement composed of parents, educators and professionals that strives to raise awareness around dyslexia.  DDCA continues to be a driving force in passing legislation that supports all learners.

California Reading Coalition

"Founded in 2021, the California Reading Coalition is made up of educators, advocates, researchers and policy makers committed to improved reading outcomes for all California students."  Site includes videos of the entire 2021 summit, searchable California Reading Report Card and excellently curated resources.

Slingerland Literacy Institute

Classroom-adapted literacy approach based on Orton-Gillingham principles of multi-sensory learning (used at North Bridge Academy).  Site includes basic information about this approach, as well as a list of Slingerland-certified tutors.

Dyslexia Training Institute

Offers classes, webinars and an annual conference for parents, teachers and learning specialists; advocacy resources; The Dyslexia Buzz podcast and active blog 

Institute for Multi-sensory Education

Offers training and certification for teachers, programs for administrators, informational courses for parents and blog for multi-sensory educators

Mark Seidenberg: Connecting Science and Education 

Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight, outlines questions that the science of reading seeks to answer.  Link also includes reliable recommendations, including books, audio documentaries, articles and websites.

 BOOKS

Overcoming Dyslexia, 2nd Edition

Definitive text by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., and Jonathan Shaywitz, M.D., largely based on their research at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.  Dense, but highly readable for parents, educators and clinicians. If you could only read one book on dyslexia, this would be our recommendation.

Parenting a Struggling Reader 

“The first comprehensive practical guide for recognizing, diagnosing, and overcoming any childhood reading difficulty” by reading expert Louisa Moats and dyslexia advocate Susan Hall.  Good for parents who suspect learning differences in a pre-k or school-age child.

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

Written by entrepreneur (and dyslexic) Ben Foss, this book focuses on celebrating your dyslexic child’s strengths by identifying their profile; coaching them to become resilient, self-aware, confident self-advocates; and creating community.  

Language at the Speed of Sight

Mark Seidenberg explains "how we read, why so many can't, and what can be done about it." 

 

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf’s erudite chronicle of how the human species developed written language—alongside the story of a child growing up with dyslexia—rewards the reader with a fascinating journey.

VIDEOS 

What is Dyslexia?

Five-minute TED-Ed video that explains dyslexia from a brain science perspective 

 

The Science of Reading: a Top-Level Primer  

Short video from Education NC advocating for structured literacy instruction; based primarily on the work of Emily Hanford and Louisa Moats 

 

The Other Side of the Mind

Collaborative symposium with SF Conservatory of Music, UCSF Dyslexia Center and the Global Brain Health Institute exploring “the intersection of music, creativity and brain science.”  Scroll about halfway down the page to access video links.

Dislecksia - The Movie

"A light-hearted documentary with a serious purpose. It will give viewers a better understanding of the condition itself, the problems it makes for individuals and families, and the programs that are needed to deal with it."

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Directed by James Redford, the film "provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders."

Journey into Dyslexia

"Oscar-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond (HBO’s I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School) examine the complexities of the dyslexic brain, exploring realities and myths of the most common learning disability."

PODCASTS

American Public Media (APM) Reports: Reading

Emily Hanford created a series of audio stories for American Public Media on the science of reading, which explores why ineffective reading instruction is still all too common, and the impact on individuals, families, teachers, schools, districts and society.  Excellent reporting in an engaging format.  Each episode is about 50 minutes.

APM Reports: Hard words—why aren’t kids being taught to read?

APM Reports: Hard to read—how American schools fail kids with dyslexia

APM Reports: At a loss for words—how a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers

CBS: Cracking the code of dyslexia

Audio story and article outlining basic information about dyslexia in an interesting and informative manner

KQED Forum: Understanding dyslexia

Forum episode from 2019 hosted by Scott Schafer with three expert guests

The Dyslexia Quest

"The Dyslexia Quest features interviews with the leading experts in the field of intelligence, learning, flourishing, and neurodiversity, as well as profiling uber-successful dyslexics to share their story and wisdom. The Dyslexia Quest tackles the holistic experience of being a dyslexic (think: shame, struggles, and joys) with a secret (shhh) backdoor agenda of empowerment."

7 Best Dyslexia Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

Shortlist of the best dyslexia podcasts to follow

The Codpast

British podcast from 2014-2018 with a variety of guests and topics, focused on uplifting stories

 

ARTICLES AND HANDOUTS

International Dyslexia Association: Dyslexia Handbook 

Must-have PDF of essential information from a trusted organization.  Includes definition, characteristics, assessment tools, evidence-based interventions, suggestions for managing the educational process, resources and glossary of terms.

California Dyslexia Guidelines

130-page PDF published in 2017 drawing on current research and collective experience to assist classroom teachers, special education specialists and parents in identifying, assessing and supporting students with dyslexia.

International Dyslexia Association: Structured literacy primer

PDF infographic explaining the elements and importance of effective reading instruction

International Dyslexia Association: Structured literacy educator training initiatives brief

25-page PDF handout introducing teachers to the principles and purpose of structured literacy, with excellent citations to relevant research

NPR: Unlocking Dyslexia series

Series of five short articles available for ear- or eye-reading

Minnesota Neuropsychology: Neuroanatomy of dyslexia in 8 sentences

Literally eight sentences packed with information.  Perfect talking points for any occasion. 

KQED: The mindshift guide to understanding dyslexia

An in-depth guide to deepen understanding about dyslexia, also available as a 41-page PDF download.