SAISD 504/Dyslexia Department

January 2021

Section 504

504 Plan Terminology

504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the support they need. Any condition that limits daily activities in a major way is covered.

These plans prevent discrimination and protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under a civil rights law known as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Understanding the language in a 504 plan can be a challenge. You may run into a lot of words and phrases you haven’t seen or heard before. Here are key terms to know.

504 Terminology

Resources to Help All Struggling Readers and Writers

Tips for Parents of Struggling Readers

When struggling readers have a safe space to listen to reading and try reading aloud, they’re likely to continue to practice reading. The practice provides opportunities to grow. On your next movie & popcorn family night, maybe build the fort and make it a book & popcorn night instead?

Captioning to Support Literacy

One motivating, engaging, and inexpensive way to help build the foundational reading skills of students is through the use of closed-captioned and subtitled television shows and movies. These supports can help boost foundational reading skills, such as phonics, word recognition, and fluency.

Click on the following link for more information:

Google Voice Typing

Google Voice Typing is a free speech-to-text feature that is built-in to Google Docs and Google Slides. It is available to you and your students if you have a microphone in your devices. You can dictate all kinds of words, lists, and writing into Google Docs. You can also dictate formatting, punctuation, and editing.

This is a great tool to help any student, who struggles with spelling, to be able to put their thoughts into written word.
Google Docs: Voice Typing

General Indicators of Dyslexia Checklist

The table below is a checklist of some of the key types of difficulties a child with dyslexia may have. The checklist can be used as a guide to spotting indicators of dyslexia. Remember, it is not an exhaustive list and cannot be used as a diagnostic tool. If you are ticking quite a few characteristics in the list and are concerned that a student may be dyslexic, you should seek further advice from a specialist.


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Dyslexia and the Brain

How is the dyslexic brain different? Hear from dyslexia expert Guinevere Eden on what parts of the brain are used for reading. And see how the brain changes when people with dyslexia learn to read fluently.

Dyslexia and the Brain

Dyslexia Myth

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Famous Dyslexics

Ansel Adams

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs."

Ansel Adams was a California-born nature-lover and photographer, who became famous for his iconic photography of Yosemite National Park and other parts of the American west.

Biographer William Tumage wrote:

There is also the distinct possibility that he may have suffered from dyslexia. He was not successful in the various schools to which his parents sent him; consequently, his father and aunt tutored him at home. Ultimately, he managed to earn what he termed a “legitimizing diploma” from the Mrs. Kate M. Wilkins Private School — perhaps equivalent to having completed the eighth grade.

Despite his lack of formal education, Ansel’s work as a photographer was so highly regarded that he was awarded honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale. In 1980, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.


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