Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Webinar Wednesday: Top Tips for Dyslexia and Technology

To help celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month, Dafydd Henke-Reed, Head of Accessibility at AbilityNet shared his expert advice about dyslexia and technology in a free webinar. Dafydd championed the ways technology has helped with his dyslexia. He examined the digital barriers to avoid and explained good practice for enabling dyslexic users online.

This webinar covers the range of topics including:
  • Challenges with communication including written text and verbal communication
  • Tech and tools available to help with dyslexia, including emojis, voice chat, and multimedia messaging
  • Speech to text software: Dragon Naturally Speaking, Siri / Alexa, Office Dictate, Mac OS / iOS Dictation
  • Text to speech software: Read & Write, ClaroRead, Office Speak, Mac OS / iOS Speech

If you're dyslexic, are looking for advice about how technology can help you, or are interested in how technology can revolutionize the learning experience for those with dyslexia be sure to watch. For digital professionals, the free session also examines digital barriers to avoid, and what you can do to make your websites more accessible for people with dyslexia and other cognitive issues.


Additional Useful resources
Factsheet: Dyslexia and Technology
Designing for Accessibility posters from UK Home Office website
AbilityNet's digital accessibility training courses

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Jamie Oliver Made By Dyslexia Interview

Jamie Oliver talks to about his dyslexia and shares personal insights and advice.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October may be the start of beautiful fall weather and pumpkin spiced....everything, but it is also the start to celebrating those who have dyslexia. The month of October is dedicated as Dyslexia Awareness Month which provides a good opportunity to not only raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia , but also to bring about positive changes. There are many ways you can provide support from changing your profile picture, to attending a dyslexia awareness event such as a webinar or conference, sharing information regarding dyslexia on your social media pages or wearing red. This year people across the nation will be Wearing Red for Dyslexia Day on Thursday, October 7, 2021. It's a simple act, but can make a big impact to drive conversation and raise awareness.

To learn more about Wear Red for Dyslexia Day visit The #SucceedWithDyslexia Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Webinar Wednesday: ELLevating All: Overlapping Strategies for ELLs and students with SLD (including dyslexia)

Image of Amanda Crecelius sitting in a chair smiling while holding a book in her hands.
PATINS Specialist, Amanda Crecelius, will provide resources and tools for English Language Learners (ELLs) and/or students with Specific Learning Difference (SLD), including dyslexia in this live webinar.

This is an overview of overlapping strategies for promoting literacy for ELLs and students with SLD with a focus on how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can eliminate barriers for ELLs/students with SLD and all students.

In the "ELLevating All" training, you will learn many helpful strategies, including the Literacy Building UDL Checklist - VICS

  • Visuals (Phonological Awareness)
  • Interaction (Multisensory)
  • Connections (Context & Culture) 
  • Scaffolding (Gradual Release of Responsibility)

Date: October 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST/2:00 pm CST
Target Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, English Language Teachers
PGPs/ASHA Hours: Yes 

To request this training at a different date and time, please email Amanda Crecelius

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Webinar Wednesday: Dysgraphia? What is it anyway?

Is illegible handwriting why your child is failing school? Could the illegibility be a symptom of something else? In this presentation, learn how to differentiate dysgraphia in your discussions with the IEP team members.

This webinar with Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L and Dysgraphia Life took place on June 23, 2021. The full recording is archived above.

Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L is an international speaker, author, and consultant who equips educators and therapists to help students succeed in school by overcoming the social-emotional trauma associated with illegible handwriting and dysgraphia.

Her book, Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect, has remained in the
Top 100 on Amazon since publication in Handwriting Reference and Learning Disabilities. It was also a Top 10 Finalist in the Author Academy Awards in 2019.

​Being an occupational therapist for 25 years, she has worked in many concentration areas. It wasn't until starting her own private practice that she found her passion. She has been an adjunct instructor at Penn State, Alvernia, and Misericordia Universities and has guest lectured at several other colleges throughout her career. She lives with her husband of 30 years. They have two adult children. She and her team seek to synthesize best practices surrounding dysgraphia, build community across all disciplines working with the students, and transform personal perspectives to empower lifelong learners.

Resources mentioned in the Webinar:

For Parents:

Dotterer Dysgraphia Toolkit

Parent's Guide to Dysgraphia (FREE)

For Professionals:

Professional's Guide to Dysgraphia (FREE)

Dotterer Dysgraphia Method

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

2021 ATAC Virtual Assistive Technology & Community Living Summit

Disability Rights ATAJ New Jersey
The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) at Disability Rights New Jersey is hosting their 5th annual virtual AT Summit on September 23rd and 24th. This year's event includes over 45 sessions and 2 keynotes providing valuable information related to K-12 education, higher education, employment, and community living.  

Visit their conference website to see the sessions, keynote speakers schedule AND to register for your free ticket.

Click here to register

Monday, September 6, 2021

Motivational Monday: Back to School