Baltimore Annual International Conference on Dyslexia Underway, Shifting Perspectives on Reading Struggles

The month of October brings its Dyslexia Awareness Month, the 63rd Annual International Dyslexia Association's Conference, and its mission to study and treat dyslexia.

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These children represent 5-10% of our population but their representation in leadership fields is much higher. The issue is how to teach them, not whether or not they can read.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

Where seen in the past as a negative and a failure, scientific perceptions on dyslexia are shifting to a much more positive perspective. Hans J.A. Dekkers, CEO of Dynaread Special Education Corporation: “These children represent 5-10% of our population but their representation in leadership fields is much higher. The issue is how to teach them, not whether or not they can read. This international conference helps induce this much needed shift in perspective.”

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dynaread highly recommends the 63rd Annual Conference of the International Dyslexia Association, which started this Wednesday. This year's theme is "Reading Literacy and Learning." The International Dyslexia Association is a scientific and educational non-profit organization based in the United States. In concert with its twenty-one global partners, their mission is to study and treat dyslexia.

This year’s conference is held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 24 through the 27th, 2012 and is likely to be of interest to teachers, administrators, psychologists, educational diagnosticians and clinicians with interest in diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia. Worldwide participation is expected at this highly regarded event.

The urgent need for dyslexic remediation can’t be emphasized. Hans Dekkers, Dynaread: "Nineteen percent of adult inmates in the U.S. correctional system are illiterate and another 60 percent are deemed to be functionally illiterate. There is also a known link between adolescent suicide and learning disabilities, with one research revealing that 89 percent of these suicides demonstrated language deficiencies. This is staggering and should trigger us into action."

The conference will bring together a wide group of renowned experts in the fields of dyslexia and learning disabilities, including Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, M.D. The Shaywitz’s are the co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Their conference topic will speak to the scientific progress made in the field of dyslexia to date and the need to update policy accordingly.

Susan Lowell, M.A., BCET, is Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association. She will host a daylong symposium entitled, “Assessment of Dyslexia “ which will focus on, among other things, the legal issues associated with assessments and questions to consider when assessing components of reading and written language.

Professor Linda Siegel, Ph.D, of the University of British Columbia will be speaking on Friday, October 26. Her topic is “A Successful RTI Model For The Prevention of Reading Problems in L1 and ELL Students.” Dr. Siegel maintains that early identification of children at risk for reading problems is possible and that intervention at the classroom level can actually prevent further serious reading problems. Her topic closely mirrors her team’s current research at UBC on the effectiveness of Dynaread: a promising new science based learn-to-read remediation program for older struggling readers.

The conference's Keynote Speaker will be author Daniel Pink. Mr. Pink’s two books are “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” and, “A Whole New Mind.” Pink will present his fascinating theories about tomorrow’s workforce. Right brained people will rule the day in the future as Pink sees it. Creators and empathizers will play a significant role in our not-too-distant future.

There is a growing belief that the main problem with those suffering from dyslexia is an inflexible educational system which isn’t yet able to meet the needs of the estimated one in ten people (http://www.interdys.org/whatwedo.htm) who struggle to learn to read and write. Dynaread presents a sound alternative when our mainstream educational systems fails to meet the challenge of educating the dyslexic student.

The continued success of Dynaread Special Education Corporation depends upon the most current and credible science in the field of dyslexia. Whether in consult with Dr. Siegel or supporting this annual conference, the importance of constantly monitoring our approach to this learning disability is vital to meeting the needs of our students.

For more information please contact:

Dynaread Special Education Corporation, (1-800-449-1588).

International Dyslexia Association, (410-296-0232).


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A young school boy carrying a number of English Language books. His nose is buried in them, in a frustrated fashion. Reading struggles are a reality for five to ten percent of our school population.

Due to underlying neurological realities, too many children are unnecessarily missing out on adequate learn to read instructions which match the realities of their neurology.