Spelling out the needs of students with Dyslexia

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Frankie Hollands supporting the learning activities at the Rush, Lusk and Skerries Dyslexia workshop. Photograph: John Mc Elroy
Dyslexia News from The Irish Times  -  Dec 10, 2013

"One in 10 people [has Dysleixa], and although general teacher training doesn’t include enough about how to teach children who have it, knowledge and support have improved."  _
(Irish Times)

"There was a time in Ireland when Dyslexia was the disorder that dare not speak its name. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI), established 40 years ago this year, had to change its name in the 1980s to the Association of Children and Adults with Learning Difficulties, so it would be taken seriously." (Irish Times)

"In 2000, the original name was restored, as Irish officialdom finally caught up with international research and recognized Dyslexia as a distinct disorder requiring specific supports and interventions. Now Dyslexia is commonly diagnosed through the State assessment service, the National Education Psychology Service (NEPS)" (Irish Times)

“The English language is one of the most difficult to learn and poses the greatest challenge for those with difficulties processing sounds and symbols,” Bisset explains. “There are so many irregularities of grammar and phonics that it makes it hard for a person with processing difficulties to learn the rules.” Dyslexia presents within every language, but the impact for English speakers can be more acute and present earlier." (Irish Times)

"...the main focus is to support the association’s 2,500 member families through information, assessment and tuition, and to reach out to the many more Irish families dealing with Dyslexia. “We have witnessed huge increases in learning support in schools during the past 40 years, which is welcome. We’ve seen the introduction of accommodations for exams, exemptions from Irish, and new entry routes into third level. ”"(Irish Times)

"“The special-education resource infrastructure is being eroded. Accommodations for exams and exemptions from Irish can be laborious to access. We still hear parents frequently talking about ‘fighting the system’ to get what their children need." (Irish Times)

“Children and adults with Dyslexia often have a highly developed sense of social justice. There’s an empathy for those who have to struggle with the system. I suppose it probably stems from their own struggle with things everybody else takes for granted."
-Rosie Bissett,
Chief executive of the DAI,
The Irish Times

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