Garrison Union Free School in Garrison, NY is currently seeking a speaker with dyslexia for their “Differences Day” event. Below is some additional information from Christina Kawabata who is involved in this event.
“I am a parent and a Learning Differences Committee member at Garrison Union Free School, a public school serving K-8 in Garrison, NY, about 50 miles north of NYC. We are looking for an adult speaker with Dyslexia who can be a moderator for a panel discussion and to speak about his/her personal experience (i.e. struggles and achievements) at our school’s annual “Differences Day” event which helps our students, parents, faculty, and community to gain insight, knowledge, and promote acceptance and tolerance of individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. The event will be held on Thursday, March 12th from 9-11am. Please contact me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org for individuals who are interested. We would greatly appreciate your time!”
I was contacted by Ofer Chermesh, the CEO of Ghotit. He passed along some information about Ghotit, which is assistive technology meant to help people with dyslexia. Below is what he had to say about Ghotit.
“Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 is a writing assistant technology for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Ghotit writing assistance algorithms were uniquely developed to understand the text written by people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Ghotit is used while writing (word prediction) or at the end of the writing process in order to correct spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. At the end of the writing process, the user can proofread the text using Ghotit text to speech.
Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 has many additional features that helps people with problematic writing to write freely and independently.Ghotit is available for Windows and Macintosh laptops or desktops and for Android smartphones or tablets.
“To reduce the £1 billion cost to the UK economy, is it not time that adjustments were made in both schools AND the workplace? With an advance in assistive technology over the last 10 years, perhaps it’s time for all employers to have strategies already in place for the 10% of their staff that may need support. Although not all dyslexics have the same problems, there are some traits that are similar. A software that reads, one that can be spoken into, one that changes the screen colour… It’s only slight adjustments that would make a far more productive and happier workforce.”
“Open Dyslexic, Dyslexie, Gill Dyslexic to me are not aesthetically pleasing. They are ugly and really don’t help my reading at all. While some dyslexics may find these fonts useful, to suggest that they are ‘dyslexic friendly’ feels slightly patronising. I’m dyslexic but I don’t find them ‘friendly’ at all!”
“If you are having issues with your dyslexic kids and their personal hygiene, I would suggest that nagging is not the best option. It leads to frustration and temper tantrums (speaking from my own personal experiences). Instead, look for alternatives.
Is it because they forget and need a structured routine like a regular shower before bedtime/first thing in the morning?
Maybe routine isn’t the answer, maybe a note on the back of a door to remind them to brush their teeth would be an option, though it may feel rather patronising for older kids
Maybe it’s for sensory reasons, maybe the sound, taste, smell, texture, feel is what puts them off. Face wipes or a change of toothpaste may be worth trying out.
Is it because they feel there’s something else they could be doing? Perhaps getting a waterproof radio for the bathroom to listen to in the shower?”
“Kids who are passing all their classes don’t get special education.”
Sample Response: Bring a copy of the regulations and share it with school officials. “My understanding is that IDEA says my child can be eligible for services even if she’s passing her classes. What’s the best way to determine the special education services she might need because of her learning issues?”