Dyslexia is a “learning difference” rather than a disability argues Dislecksia: The Movie, which premieres Oct. 11.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    A difference that inhibits a fundamental life activity with no real upside should be called…. ????

    • … an opportunity to show how broadminded and generous of spirit you are for embracing the pretense that it’s not a disability.

  2. Deirdre Mundy says:

    I think the push to get kids to read earlier, and the death of phonics has really clouded the issue, since a lot of kids who are dyslexic NOW might not have been under the old routine.

    (See the book Proust and the Squid for how learning to read the wrong way and too early can screw up your brain!)

  3. Stacy in NJ says:

    My oldest son, now 16, is dyslexic. He didn’t learn to really read until age 11. He received the best “special” services our local high performing public school could offer. Services that really were of very poor quality. I home schooled him from 3rd grade through 8th. We hired a private tutoring company that specializes in dyslexia (Lindamood-Bell) which was incredibly helpful. I haven’t had to worry about him academically for 2 years. He now performs above grade level and scored very well on his SAT. He is college bound.

    The single piece of advice I’d offer parents with dyslexic kids is this: Don’t trust institutional education, whether public or private, to remediate and/or assist your child. Most school just are not capable of providing the kind of instruction needed. Do it yourself or hire a specialist if you can. Oh, and, vision therapy is a scam.