Online Resources


 

Articles and Additional Resources

Policy Statements

Online Recorded Professional Development

Movies & Videos

Helpful Websites

Articles and Additional Resources

A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI) from The National Center for Learning Disabilities
RTI is not a special kind of program or book. It is a way to help all students succeed, including struggling learners. Ultimately, the goal of RTI is to prevent failure and make all students successful learners. The RTI process might also be called Responsiveness to Intervention or Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) depending on the state or school district. Whatever the name, parents play a critical role in RTI, just like any other successful school initiative.

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know
This handbook not only contains invaluable information like the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, but also provides information on valid assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources. Further, the handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college.

Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know
The purpose for this vital resource is to open the door to a better understanding of dyslexia, address the myths and misconceptions and provide educators key information. We encourage you to share the kit with administrators, educators, parents, the medical profession and other interested parties.

DYSLEXIA: Fact and Fiction by Meg Porch, M.A., CCC-SP, CALT
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability. This article addresses specific details related to dyslexia.

Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews, by Dr. Ken Pugh
With a focus on cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging, Dr. Pugh researches the development of language and reading and how it effects children who experience difficulties. Dr. Ken Pugh is President, Director of Research and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Yale Reading Center.

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Classroom Teachers and Dyslexia Specialists
The components of structured literacy outlined by the International Dyslexia Association.

On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science by Claudia Dreifus
Dr. Carol W. Greider, 2009 Nobel laureate for medicine, has dyslexia. She discusses her problems in school and how she overcame them.

Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia by Brent Bowers
A study concluded that dyslexics were more likely than non-dyslexics to excel in oral communication and problem solving and to own two or more businesses.

Washington State Dyslexia Resource Guide
A collaboration between The Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA) and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

The Library Project – Denver Public Library
Our Branch donates materials to the Denver Public Library for region-wide circulation.


Policy Statements

Joint Technical Report – Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision (reaffirmed 2014)
A collaboration between The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Ophthalmology and Council on Children with Disabilities, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and American Association of Certified Orthoptists.


Recorded & Online Professional Development Resources


Free Webinar: Special Education During the COVID-19 Quarantine

Recorded Tuesday May 19, 2020 – Parents have so many questions about their child’s special education rights and needs during this time of quarantine. Join Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge and four special ed attorneys – Pete Wright, Piper Paul, Wayne Steedman, and Jack Robinson – who will teach us what the laws are and how you can help your child RIGHT NOW. Register Now to view the recording.

Free Webinar: Pete & Pam Wright Answer Questions about Compensatory Education, IEPs, IEP Meetings

Recorded Tuesday June 13, 2020 – After the webinar, Dr. Roseann received over one thousand follow-up questions. Last week, she sat down with Pam and Pete Wright of Wrightslaw.com to get answers to some of these questions. Register Now to view the recording.


The 2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium provides practitioners with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills through focused strands and direct collaboration with researchers and school-based implementers of the science of reading. Scarborough’s Reading Rope (2001), will serve as the underlying theoretical framework for all presentations. The IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards will be woven throughout each session to bridge research to practice. Thank you to PaTTAN for making this available!


FREE Access to IDA Conference Recordings

The International Dyslexia Association is giving free access to presentations from past Reading, Literacy & Learning conferences. The page (https://dyslexiaida.org/free-conference-recordings) will be updated as new videos are released with available handouts and resources related to each video.


The Early Literacy Trifecta: Language, Print and Executive Function in African American Students

Free Webinar from the AIM Institute for Learning and Research – Click here to learn more and watch the recording!


The Fox Reading Conference – Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

The Science of Reading from Louisa Moats, Louise Spear-Swerling, and Margie Gillis – Free and Online. Click here to register to watch the recording and click here to download the handouts

Free Webinar Panel: Roadmap to 95-100% Reading Proficiency

Addressing shifting classroom practices, supporting and championing teachers, implementing systems and processes to facilitate change, cyclical learning for teachers and administrators, and strategic planning and networking across schools/districts. Sign up for the recording and resources here!


edWEB.net Webinar with Louisa Moats – Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teaching Reading

Watch the ED-Webinar recording!


CORE 2020-2021 – On Demand, Free, Professional Learning Webinars

View recorded webinars by Dr. Louisa Moats, Emily Hanford, Dr. Steve Dykstra, and more!

Click here for information and registration


Movies and Videos

Mical | Official Film Site: Based on an inspiring true story of a mother’s journey in fulfilling her son’s true potential in spite of his dyslexia. (2020)
The Big Picture, Rethinking Dyslexia: The myths, the stigmas, the truths, revealed. A Film by James Redford. (2012). Click Here to Preview the Film, or Rent it on Prime Video.
Being You: A Road Trip Nation documentary follows 3 teens with learning and attention issues as the travel cross country in search of answers and advice. (2001)
Embracing Dyslexia: In an attempt to put more eyes on dyslexia, Luis Macias made this thought-provoking documentary after learning about his son’s diagnosis. (2013)
Children of the Code: Free online video collections for educators and families.

Helpful Web Sites

The International Dyslexia Association – Provides resources for professionals and families dealing with individuals with reading disabilities.

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators – Established and authorized expressly to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach and to certify teachers and to accredit instructional programs that meet these standards.

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) – A national professional member organization dedicated to the remediation of written language skills and certification of individuals trained in the remediation of written language skills.

Audio Information Network of Colorado – AINC is a not-for-profit organization and provides  free access to recorded programming, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AINC’s mission is to provide news and information in audio format for the blind, low vision and print disabled community of Colorado.

Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) – Provides support materials to facilitate assistive technology use for home, school, work and play.

Colorado Talking Books Library –  A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines.

C.C.L.D. – The Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) provides resources to support a collaborative effort between general education, special education, families and related professionals. We believe all students can engage in higher-level learning through the implementation of evidenced-based instructional practices.

The Dyslexia Toolkit – An Essential Resource Provided by the National Center for Learning Disabilities

C.H.A.D.D. – Provides support and advocacy for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Department of Audiology, Speech and Learning Care

Colorado Department of Education

Dyslexia Resource Group – Provides education, support, and voice for families of students with dyslexia in the Denver metro area

Great Schools – Provides information, tips, activities, and tools that help parents get the best possible education for their children.

Learning AllyProvides recorded copies of reading materials including books and textbooks and have an extensive library in several convenient formats.

Learning Disabilities Association – Provides information, resources and support for individuals with learning disabilities.

LD OnLine – Provides resources for parents and teachers on attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – Provides information about learning disabilities, such as checklists, guides, videos, podcasts, Ask the Experts and FAQs.

Reading Rockets – Provides monthly newsletters with reading resources in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science, 2020

What Expert Teachers of Reading Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do – By Louisa C. Moats
Reading is not simply a desire; it is a fundamental skill necessary for virtually everything we do. And we need to ensure all of us, particularly our children, learn to read and read to learn so they too can do everything. That’s why the AFT is pleased to update and republish Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science, 2020: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do. This report, written by Louisa C. Moats (a teacher, psychologist, researcher, and professor who has been at the forefront of science-based reading instruction for five decades), translates the latest reading research into accessible language so that those of us who are not steeped in the pedagogy of reading can apply it to our own teaching and learning.

Wrightslaw – Provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys with accurate, reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity – Provides information and resources on the topic of Dyslexia.
Understood – A collaboration of 15 nonprofit organizations providing online resources, and practical tips for parents and community members.