SAISD 504/Dyslexia Newsletter

November 2020

Section 504

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to education. The child may receive accommodations that are unique to each student. They are meant to support students in classroom and testing settings.

Accommodations During Distance Learning

Need help to ensure that your 504 students are receiving beneficial 504 accommodations whether they are doing virtual lessons or in person learning?


This article from understood.org is a wonderful resource for providing 504 accommodations virtually during distance learning. It gives examples of accommodations that:


  • change the way information is presented to students
  • change the way students complete assignments
  • help students with scheduling, timing, and organization


Each accommodation has a virtual learning alternative and tools from both Microsoft Office and G Suite for Education.


https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/for-educators/learning-and-thinking-differences-basics/iep-accommodations-during-distance-learning

Beautiful Minds

DYSLEXIA AND THE CREATIVE ADVANTAGE

https://www.thedoseum.org/beautiful-minds


Visit the San Antonio DoSeum between Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, January 3 to experience this special exhibit. Educators receive $1 off admission with a valid educator’s ID.


Dyslexia affects as much as 20% of the world’s population and often goes undiagnosed. Although dyslexia is labeled as a learning disability, it can also be seen as a different way of thinking- it changes the way millions of people read and process information.

In “Beautiful Minds – Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage”, explore the successes of those who think and thought outside the box when faced with the challenges of dyslexia and learn about some of the tools and resources for diagnosis and pathways to success.

Learn how the right and left sides of the brain are engaged and what is more prominent with you. Get a hands-on approach to mirror writing and blind contour drawing on a life-size acrylic canvas. Listen to stories told by children about their experiences growing up with dyslexia before and after intervention. Walk among the life-size illustrations of some of the most influential visionaries who have changed the course of history. Have fun playing a variety of spatial and word games including an oversized tile spelling game, color block puzzles, and digital interactive educational games for all ages. In the exhibit you will also learn about what dyslexia really is and the truth behind some of the negative myths that are perpetuated in society.

Dyslexia Characteristics

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A Day in the Life of a Child with Dyslexia

Meet Henry, an eighth grader with dyslexia. He’s a smart kid, but his trouble with reading affects almost every aspect of his day. To see how dyslexia can impact kids, take a look at a typical day in Henry’s life.


As you go through Henry's day, click on Challenges related to Dyslexia to get more resources to help you and your dyslexic students.

Dyslexia Myths

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Famous Dyslexics

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrSV-rLaVCA


In this brilliant interview Princess Beatrice talks to #MadeByDyslexia about her schooldays, Dyslexic Strengths, and her passion for creating changes in education.

Dyslexia Resources

Pear Deck

The fastest way to transform presentations into classroom conversations. You could engage every student in your class, every day. You could instantly see who’s confused and who’s ready for more. That’s the power of Pear Deck. And now, with the Pear Deck for Google Slides Add-on, you can add the magic of formative assessments and interactive questions to your presentations right from Google Slides.


Check out this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj9Bs-FDaHs

Pear Deck is Available to all SAISD teachers!

Pear Deck can be accessed through our SAISD Class Link. Click on the app and login using your SAISD email account. Once you are logged in, go to Remote Learning Resources for helpful videos on how to get started or to join a webinar.
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