SAISD 504/Dyslexia Newsletter

February 2021

Section 504

A Parent's Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools

Section 504 is an important civil rights law that can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD in public schools. This article attempts to answer basic questions pertaining to the implementation of Section 504 in public school systems.


Resources for All Students and Families

National Geographic Kids

Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your weird, wild, and wacky world. Kids can watch educational videos and view beautiful pictures. They can also read magazines and books, which comes with an audio feature.

Students can access Nat Geo Kids on their Class Link.

6 Remote Learning Solutions Kids Came Up with on Their Own

The challenges of remote learning have inspired kids who learn and think differently — and their families — to come up with ways to help things run a bit smoother. But these small solutions and successes are more than just quick fixes. They’re signs of resilience.

Characteristics of Dyslexia

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Reading to my son: 5 ways I get ready as a dyslexic dad

At one point in my life, I didn’t want to have children because of my dyslexia. I didn’t want to have to read to my child. It was my insecurity I was dealing with.

So that’s when I developed a system to make sure I’m not stumbling and bumbling over words. Being a parent is a selfless act. It’s bigger than my insecurities. It’s about wanting to read with my son to create memories and connection.


Dyslexia Myth

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Famous Dyslexics

Jack Horner

Jack Horner dreamed of becoming a paleontologist and of making contributions that would help our understanding of dinosaurs as living creatures. Because of his poor grades Horner knew that achieving this goal by getting a Ph.D. would be close to impossible. However; he held tight to his dreams, and followed his own path to success, and now directs his own research projects and teaches undergraduate and graduate students. His work has been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and he served as a technical adviser for the Jurassic Park films, which based one of their main characters on him.

"I think dyslexia and the consequences of dyslexia explain my own success. From my failures, I've learned where I need help, such as in reading and math. But I've also learned from my accomplishments what I'm better at than the linear thinkers."

From The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

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