Differences Within Differences

The Dyslexia and Literacy Conference Series brings researchers and practitioners together, from across North America, for a one day conference.

Register today for our next event on February 15th, 2018
at The UCLA Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, CA

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.

Dyslexia and Literacy Conference Archives - Harvard Medical School 2017

The Dyslexia Foundation's conference Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences within Differences; was held at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School on October 13th, 2017.  Previews of the sessions from the October 2017 conference can be viewed below.  Full session recordings will be available soon.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, MS - Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

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Julie Washington, Ph.D. -Issue Differences Among African-American Students

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Michael Coyne, Ph.D. - Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

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Esther Geva, Ph.D. - Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

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Secretary DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable

Secretary DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable to Mark National Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month OCTOBER 25, 2017 Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov WASHINGTON – As part of the Department's recognition of National Learning...

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Kenneth Pugh receives NIH MERIT Award

Original Post By Ziba Kashef September 28, 2017 Yale associate professor of Linguistics and Diagnostic Radiology Kenneth R. Pugh is the recipient of the prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time, or MERIT Award, bestowed by the National Institutes of Health. The...

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MIT Study finds brain connections key to reading

By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Original Post | August 8, 2016 Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain’s word recognition area. A new study from MIT reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections for that...

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Fixing the Failure Model

RESEARCH INDICATES THAT CHILDREN AT RISK FOR DYSLEXIA CAN BE IDENTIFIED BEFORE THEY BEGIN SCHOOL BY LEAH SHAFER, IMAN RASTEGARI, ON JUNE 14, 2016 9:25 AM (Boston Children's Hospital) Are we looking for dyslexia too late? Ongoing research at Boston Children’s Hospital...

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Investigating the Influences of Language Delay and/or Familial Risk for Dyslexia on Brain Structure in 5-Year-Olds

Early language delay has often been associated with atypical language/literacy development. Neuroimaging studies further indicate functional disruptions during language and print processing in school-age children with a retrospective report of early language delay. Behavioral data of 114 5-year-olds with a retrospective report of early language delay in infancy (N = 34) and those without (N = 80) and with a familial risk for dyslexia and those without are presented

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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.