The Dyslexia Den

Dyslexia Information for Celina ISD Students and Parents

October 2020

Dear Families,

Did you know October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month? The U.S. Congress officially designated October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month in 2015. It is estimated that up to 20% of Americans (1 in 5) have dyslexia, a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin making it difficult to read, write, or spell despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.


One of the best ways to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month would be to do your best to see for yourself what being dyslexic means, and just how much it can impair your abilities to do different things that you usually never think twice about, like reading your favorite social media feed, magazine, or billboard. In addition, feel free to wear RED on October 15th which is World Dyslexia Day to help raise dyslexia awareness and to show the world your support.

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Please make yourself familiar with the resources available in this newsletter to support you and your child(ren). We look forward to linking this newsletter to the Celina ISD Dyslexia webpage that is in the infancy stages of development and will be under construction soon. Stay tuned for more information!


Respectfully,

Lei Ann Stovall

District Literacy Specialist

The State Board of Education (SBOE) on November 16, 2018, gave final approval to updates to The Dyslexia Handbook—2018 Update: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook). The updates address recent legislative changes and clarify processes regarding identification and services for students, including students with dysgraphia.

The handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. In addition, information regarding the state's dyslexia statutes and their relation to various federal laws is included.


Feel free to click the title above or the button below to download a copy or preview The Dyslexia Handbook.

Dyslexia Parent Library

Become a stronger advocate by educating yourself or your family with these informative books that support students with dyslexia and address their social/emotional needs as well as their learning differences.


* Reviews included in this newsletter are from Amazon.com.

Talking Book Library

Texas State Library and Archives Commission's audiobook program for students with reading disabilities allows your students to access books at their interest and intellectual level.
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Talking Book Program--TSLAC

The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Please click the link above for more details.

Save the Dates!

Region 10 Dyslexia Consultant, Nancy Disterlic, will be hosting several Virtual Zoom Dyslexia Parent Nights in October to help you as parents learn home strategies to support your child with dyslexia. Click the Region 10 Dyslexia Regional Website link below for more information.


Dates: October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th (English)

October 15th (Spanish)

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Region 10 Dyslexia Regional Website

For information about participation in the Region 10 Dyslexia Parent County Connection, visit the Region 10 website using the link above. See the Parent Information tab.

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For your information: Region 10 is one of twenty regional service centers established by the Texas State Legislature in 1967 for the purpose of delivering professional development and a range of other innovative solutions. The region is comprised of eighty public school districts and thirty-five public charter schools across Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Fannin, Grayson, Dallas, Collin, Ellis, and a portion of Van Zandt counties.

Spotlight on Famous People with Dyslexia

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Celina Independent School District

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email or phone.


Lei Ann Stovall

District Literacy Specialist