What does print look like to people with dyslexia? Here is one set of sample representations for those with the visual form of dyslexia.
As we’ve blogged about before, the visual aspects of dyslexia are often go unrecognized or untreated. A new bill just signed into law by the Governor of New Jersey may help bridge that gap.
Although far from ideal, the legislation does highlight that indicators of dyslexia aren’t limited to problems involving phonemic awareness and language skills:
“Potential indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilities” means indicators that include, but shall not be limited to, difficulty in acquiring language skills; inability to comprehend oral or written language; difficulty in rhyming words; difficulty in naming letters recognizing letters, matching letters to sounds, and blending sounds when speaking and reading words; difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words; consistent transposition of number sequences, letter reversals, inversions, and substitutions; and trouble in replication of content.”
How do you see this playing out in schools Len? Are you familiar with other states’ policies on this?
Not familiar with how other states handle this, Mike. I see this as a bill that doesn’t have any real traction yet. What will the approved screening instruments be? If the student screens positively, what action is required to be taken? Does dyslexia alone as a diagnosis require the student to either be classified or receive special services/assistance? Many questions yet to be answered, but at least it asserts that the term has educational status rather than something non-existent [as opposed to SRD] or only testable after age 10 – the prior stance taken by many educators in NJ.
Thank you, Dr. Press. I must say you have enlightened me! I will pass along the word – or vision, I should say!
My pleasure, Katherine.
The ends of the words I’m reading seem either chopped off or have additional ‘shadow’ like letters. Often very difficult to know what is really there on the screen.
Would you be interested in doing an article on this for our newsletter “Dyslexia in the 21st Century” it is aimed at adult Dyslexics in the UK and service providers? it may inspire others to do this within the government around the world. I’m from the Adult Dyslexia Organisation and Chief Executive.