The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
The Right to Accomodations
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Accurate
Diagnosis
Students who have a suspected area of disability are entitled to an assessment, regardless of whether they are in a public, private, or charter school. Read more...
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Use the Word
Dyslexia
Schools must use the word “dyslexia” so that proper diagnosis and evidence-based instruction and intervention can be applied. Read more...
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Evidence-Based
Instruction
All students deserve to have a written plan of action from the school, specifying the evidence-based intervention, frequency, and measurable objectives. This must be arrived at by a consensus between parents and teachers. Read more...
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Accommodations

Accommodations must be provided to ensure that the students’ abilities, not their disabilities, are being assessed. Examples: extra time on tests, speech-to-text or text-to-speech technology, foreign language waiver or alternative. Read more...
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Dyslexia-Friendly
Environment
A supportive environment that promotes educational and professional progress must be provided to enable dyslexic individuals to flourish to their full potential. Read more...
You Are Not Alone
1 in 5 people have dyslexia. It crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. You are part of a community of successful people who overcame dyslexia. Speak up about your dyslexia to teachers, school heads, peers, colleagues, and employers.
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Accommodations.

Accommodations must be provided to ensure that the student’s ability, not his or her disability, is being assessed. “Dyslexia robs a person of time; accommodations return it.” –Dr. Sally Shaywitz Examples of accommodations for dyslexia include assistive technologies such as speech to text and text to speech, extra-time on tests in school and on high-stakes standardized tests, and partial waivers of foreign language requirements in high school and college.

Links:

A Dyslexic Student's Perspective: Which Tablet Features Work Best for Dyslexics?

Technology: Livescribe Smartpen

Technology: Dragon Naturally Speaking

Technology: Converting Your Notes to Audio & Study Guides

Want to learn what extra time really gives a dyslexic student?
Take this first-hand look from a student.

"It’s important for the young kids to know that you can learn so much from books—even if you’re not necessarily reading from books, but getting them on tape. That’s the great thing about technology now—you can get whatever you need and you can go through books and expand your mind. It gets you thinking outside of the box." - Joe Whitt, Jr., NFL coach

“Dyslexia robs a person of time. I’ve never been able to just read with my eyes and have those words in my brain. I have to almost mouth out the words to myself for me to hear them. I do it silently, but I’m still moving my lips constantly as I read. You can imagine that even having to do that slows somebody down.” -Tyler Lucas, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

“My grades dramatically improved. Of course, this wasn’t only the result of getting extra time. It was also a result of my going into office hours twice a week with my calculus professor or making sure I went to extra hours with my history TAs to talk about the exam.” - Allison Schwartz, Ph.D. student