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Congratulations to dyslexic runner, Adelle Tracey for earning a spot at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

 
 

Superpower: Dyslexia

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Why architecture is starting to recognise dyslexia as an enhanced ability rather than a learning difficulty

By Helen Castle
The RJBA Journal

Dyslexia has been revealed to enhance people’s ability to discover, invent, and create. It has even been described as a superpower. Helen Castle talks to those working with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is most often diagnosed when people encounter learning difficulties at school, largely with reading and writing. However, this perception of dyslexia as a neurological disorder defined by its deficiencies is shifting.

Recent research by Helen Taylor at the University of Cambridge has shown that in an evolutionary context, it is a vital tool essential to human adaptive success. People with dyslexia are better at exploring the unknown—and have ‘enhanced abilities’ when it comes to discovery, invention, and creativity.

Areas of enhanced ability described by Taylor include a greater capacity to reason in multiple dimensions, as well as to detect and investigate complex systems, including the identification of patterns and analogies.

People with dyslexia also often demonstrate heightened creativity—visualising, connecting, and delivering unusual combinations of ideas and innovative thinking.

This explains why people with dyslexia are drawn to professions such as architecture, engineering, and entrepreneurism, says Taylor.

No accurate data exists for the percentage of architects affected by dyslexia, although anecdotal evidence indicates that it is higher than the 10% in the general population.

Awareness of dyslexia within the profession is strong, with high profile architects such as Richard Rogers having acted as important role models.

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Bright Solutions for Dyslexia is pleased to announce that, under the First Step Act, the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), has adopted the Barton Reading & Spelling System as its reading intervention program across all 122 institutions nationwide.

Research indicates a strong connection between illiteracy and criminal behavior. The U.S. Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.”

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 70% of the U.S. prison population cannot read above a fourth-grade level, “meaning they lack the reading skills required to navigate many everyday tasks or hold down anything but lower (paying) jobs.”

As of November 4, 2023, 29% of the designated adults in custody were enrolled in one or more education/recreation programs. The BOP’s Office of Research has found that participation in education programs leads to a 16% reduction in recidivism.


Data also supports the following:

The First Step Act created a system where some incarcerated individuals can earn time credits for participating in recidivism reduction programming or productive activities.

The Barton Reading & Spelling System is approved under the First Step Act.

 

 

Don’t Wait

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If your child is struggling in school and has 3 or more of the warning signs of dyslexia, there's a good chance your child has dyslexia.

If it is dyslexia, don’t wait. Seek help right away.

Waiting to see if your child will grow out of it is the worst thing you can do.

To see what experts say about the importance of early intervention, click here.

 

 

Summer Tutoring Works

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Summer Tutoring Works
By Susan Barton

Don’t waste the summer. Instead, tutor every day and your student will make amazing progress, as this parent shared:

When our son finished second grade, the school evaluated his reading level. It was 1.9, which meant he was a full year behind.

After only 2 months of tutoring him myself over the summer every day using the Barton Reading & Spelling System, he has improved greatly.

The school tested him at the beginning of this year, third grade, and his reading is now 3.2 to 5.0.

His self-confidence is so much better than it was a year ago. He will even read out loud in Sunday school in front of his friends.

Recently, there was a story about a dyslexic boy in their lesson. Our son raised his hand and shared that he has dyslexia, too.

Jonah explained that he was born with it, and that he can read just as well as any of them, it just sometimes takes him a little longer.

Bless you for what you have done for our son.

Eileen Carter
Gainesville, FL

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A Father’s Plea

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An emotional father pleads with the school district for help.

In honor of Father's Day, I'm sharing this heart-breaking testimony. Watch as this father begs for support for his dyslexic daughter from the Santa Barbara Unified School District (in California).

Listen as he describes how the lack of awareness about dyslexia has impacted his daughter and their entire family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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