Announcing the Karina Eide Memorial Awards Programs for Dyslexic Students, Ages 7-17

Taken from the Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter – October 3, 2014

“Wanted: Amazing Dyslexic Students! Spread the Word!

Dyslexic Advantage is proud to announce two new annual awards programs that will be available for dyslexic students!

The first is the Karina Eide Young Dyslexic Writers Awards Program, which is organized in partnership with the Writers’ Studio. This program features a junior division for younger students, ages 7-13, and a senior division for students ages 14-17. It’s goal is to encourage excellence in creative expression through words, and it will accept writing in three categories: fan fiction, other creative fiction, and poetry. Writers of the winning submissions in each category will receive cash awards, and an online meeting with poet Philip Schultz.

The second is the Karina Eide Courage and Compassion Award. This award will honor two dyslexic high school students (one male, and one female) who despite significant personal adversity have shown consistent personal courage and focus on and compassion for others. Winners of these awards will receive a cash award and funding for the student and one parent to attend our annual dyslexia leadership conference.

A picture of the flyer is available below. Download additional flyers for your school HERE. Apply and upload stories HERE.”

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The Codpast: Right Brained Stories from Interesting Individuals

“In his late-twenties Sean was diagnosed with Dyslexia; a diagnosis that changed his life in unimaginable ways. After meeting other dyslexics who stories touched, inspired and angered him, Sean created The Codpast to share those stories with a wider audience.The Codpast is a groundbreaking interview based talk show where ordinary people share events from their extraordinary lives; getting to grips with and tackling the issues that others shy away from. If you’re interested in the human condition from an angle you’ve never heard, The Codpast is a listening must!”

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Source: thecodpast.wordpress.com

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Eddie Izzard: Win a sausage (and learn about dyslexia)

“To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week, the Driver Youth Trust are launching a new website for the Drive for Literacy programme http://driveforliteracy.co.uk alongside a new campaign to engage teachers and parents called #YouKnowADyslexic launched by Eddie Izzard, who is himself dyslexic.”

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Source: www.youtube.com

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Training teachers to help identify dyslexia

“Should teachers in New York State be trained to recognize students with dyslexia? Many parents say “yes”…“I will push to my last breath to get legislation passed – because if we can help one more child, if we can get one more school that has its teacher trained in this, we can save their life,” said Deb Rafferty. Legislation is expected to be introduced again in January for the third time, for a bill to train teachers how to recognize kids with dyslexia.”

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Source: wnyt.com

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Kids shouldn’t have to struggle with dyslexia

“A group of north Essex parents are working hard to make a difference for people with dyslexia, via a new group called Dyslexia Assist. They are pooling their knowledge and sharing ideas on ways to help their children cope with dyslexia. It might be a technique for learning to spell or to get the days of the week in the right order – or even the best way for their children to tell a teacher they’d rather not read aloud in class. The group’s website has been carefully designed to make it easy for people with dyslexia to use. It uses a font, chosen to make the letters as clear as possible, and even offers text-to-speech conversion, if needed.”

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Source: www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk

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Channing Tatum on His ADHD and Dyslexia

“Channing Tatum is best known for his acting and his work as a model. But he’s been talking a lot lately about his childhood and reflecting on how ADHD and dyslexia made his school years hard. And he’s pushing for schools to do a better job of supporting kids who learn differently.”

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Source: www.understood.org

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