The Dyslexia Foundation

For more than 30 years, TDF has been bringing together leading scientists from important fields in dyslexia research, while working to create a bridge between research and practice.

OUR MISSION: To facilitate and disseminate scientific breakthroughs and advances in dyslexia through collaboration among neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, geneticists, and practitioners.

Dyslexia, Literacy, & Vulnerable Student Populations: The science, policy, and culturally responsive practice

Live from the MGH Institute of Health Professions
October 15, 2021

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NEW Science Fiction Audiobook Fundraiser

 Survivor meets The Hunger Games in this action-packed adventure
Michael Deyhim just released his first audiobook to The Omnitrek Series, The Battle of Fiji, and is partnering with TDF to raise funds to help support the foundation’s efforts to advance our knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. In the book, players fight in a virtual survival game and must choose the right strategies and tactics to win. It’s a great fit for gamers and fans of stories like the Hunger Games. All audiobook sales from Feb. 1 – Feb. 14 will be donated to TDF.

New Research from Florida State University

authors’ goals in this article were to revisit the science of reading through an epistemological lens to clarify what constitutes evidence in the science of reading, and to offer a critical evaluation of the evidence provided by the science of reading. To this end, the authors summarize those things that they believe have compelling evidence, promising evidence, or a lack of compelling evidence. The authors conclude…

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New Research has been posted

Read about newly published research from Boston Children’s Hospital, Haskin’s Laboratories, Beijing Normal University, and others.

2020 MGH Institute of Health Conference Sessions

Laurie Cutting, Ph. D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor

Vanderbilt University

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Vincent P. Culotta, Ph. D., ABN

NeuroBehavioral Associates

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Ben Powers, DBA

Head of School

The Southport School

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Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Lynn School of Education at Boston College

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Anthony Bashir, Ph.D.

Adjunct, School of Education and Human Development,

Boston College

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What is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal 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. In individuals with adult onset of dyslexia, it usually occurs as a result of brain injury or in the context of dementia; this contrasts with individuals with dyslexia who simply were never identified as children or adolescents.  Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, 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”

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Latest Research

Read about the latest research from our affiliated Researchers, partners, Scientific Advisory Board members.  

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Browse our archive of past conferences to learn about current research and classroom education practices related to Dyslexia.

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.

More news and infromation from the Dyslexia Foundation

TDF – Extraordinary Brain Symposium XVI

EXTRAORDINARY BRAIN SYMPOSIUM XVI All about Language: Science, Theory, and Practice Неделя языка: эксперименты, теория, практика St. Petersburg, Russia May 28—June 1, 2018. The meeting will include various language-related topics with targeted speakers in...

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Secretary DeVos Convenes Parent Roundtable

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, WASHINGTON – As part of the Department's recognition of National Learning...

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MIT Study finds brain connections key to reading

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

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

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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