The Dyslexia Foundation

TDF is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 to identify and assist children with dyslexia – to establish higher levels of learning through specialized programs promoting better reading.

OUR MISSION is to promote scientific breakthroughs in the early detection, prevention and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties. To disseminate new findings and deploy new evidence based approaches. To prevent the suffering caused by reading failure and unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute to society.

TDF’s January 2016 West Coast Conference Topic Announced!

TDF is pleased to announce that the January 2016 conference topic will be "Dyslexia and Literacy in High-Risk and Diverse Populations".  This conference will be held on January 22, 2016 at the Mission Bay Conference Center, University of California San Francisco.

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Fall 2015 Conference

Thank you to all who attended the Fall 2015 conference, “Dyslexia and Literacy in High-Risk Populations” on October 16, 2015 at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School.  We had another successful conference and appreciate the support of our generous sponsors. 

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Joyce Bulifant

The Dyslexia Foundation is excited to see Joyce Bulifant receive a 2015 Broken Glass Award

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Past TDF Conference Videos now Public

Videos from previous Dyslexia Foundation Conferences are now available in the Foundation News section of the website. The videos can also be accessed on our Public Videos page.

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Never Quit Trying Bracelet

Bracelet purchases will allow The Dyslexia Foundation sponsor teachers to attend our fall conference and other events held by the Foundation.

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What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected given their overall intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Dyslexia can be inherited, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.


What is the prognosis?

For those with dyslexia, the prognosis is mixed. The disability affects such a wide range of people and produces such different symptoms and varying degrees of severity that predictions are hard to make. The prognosis is generally good, however, for individuals whose dyslexia is identified early, who have supportive family and friends and a strong self-image, and who are involved in a proper remediation program. What research is being done? Two institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support major research on dyslexia (and other institutes may on occasion also support studies on learning disabilities or neurological conditions including dyslexia). The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) support ongoing dyslexia research through grants to major research institutions across the country. Current research avenues focus on developing techniques to diagnose and treat dyslexia and other learning disabilities, increasing the understanding of the biological and possible genetic bases of learning disabilities, and exploring the relationship between neurophysiological processes and cognitive functions with regard to reading ability and learning. This information is provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Health.