Elenn Steinberg is the founder and educational director for Every Child Reading (www.everychildreading.net). She currently is a co-director of Orton Gillingham International with Ron Yoshimoto, an organization devoted to training classroom teachers, interventionists, special educators and parents in the Orton Gillingham approach to ensure that all teachers are prepared to teach all students to read. In her spare time she tutors students with dyslexia and advocates for families. In this video Elenn talks about comorbidity in dyslexia, the twice-exceptional (2E) student, diagnosis vs. identification, and why teachers are so important for students with dyslexia. She also shares some advice for both parents and teachers.
Carolyn D. Cowen
Carolyn D. Cowen is an educator and social entrepreneur known for developing, launching, and managing programs and initiatives that improve the teaching-learning landscape for people with learning differences, particularly those with dyslexia. In this video Carolyn shares her thoughts on the importance of support, the effect of no intervention, dyslexia as a blessing or curse, and the intersection between dyslexia and new media.
Susan Barton is an internationally recognized dyslexia expert. She is also founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia (www.dys-add.com). In this video, Susan touches on several important topics such as: common myths, the disability label, classroom accommodations, private schools, and more.
Margie Gillis, Ed.D.
Margie Gillis, Ed.D. is president and founder of Literacy How (www.literacyhow.com). She believes that there is no more important job than teaching a child to read. As a teacher and a researcher, Margie’s goal is the same — how best to teach teachers to implement research-based practices in the classroom. In this video, Margie sheds some light on the importance of literacy and why schools still do not completely understand dyslexia. She also provides fantastic advice for teachers and parents on what a child with dyslexia needs and how parents can best advocate for their child in school, particularly during the IEP meeting.
Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D.
Kelli is a published author and researcher of dyslexia. She is an adjunct professor of reading, literacy coordinator and a tutor trainer. She also co-founded the Dyslexia Training Institute located in San Diego. Kelli is the Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, as well as a board member of the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN). She is a professional developer for California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) as well as a Literacy Consultant for the San Diego Council on Literacy. Kelli has presented at numerous conferences as well as provided professional development for k-12 teachers. She received her doctorate in Literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.
Deborah Lynam is one of the founding members of Decoding Dyslexia and is currently the Director of Parent Community Engagement at Learning Ally. In her interview, Deborah talks briefly about the genesis of Decoding Dyslexia (a parent-led grassroots movement for dyslexia that is currently in 45 states). Deborah also offers great advice to parents of children with dyslexia who are just beginning their journey.
Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D
Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D. is the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. She is best known for her research on reading interventions and her book Proust and the Squid on the science of the reading brain. In this informative video, Dr. Wolf speaks about the reading circuit, the dyslexic brain, and what steps need to be taken to ensure that we don’t lose the contributions to society of which dyslexics are capable.
Paul Vasquez, 20, is a college student who didn’t learn he was dyslexic until high school. In his interview, Paul, talks about his struggles with homework, his reaction to finally finding out that he was dyslexic, and how dyslexia tutoring had pulled him back from the edge of dropping out of school.
Julia Nelson, junior kindergarten teacher and vice-president of Everyone Reading Illinois (formerly the Illinois Branch of The International Dyslexia Association), opens up about her journey with dyslexia, from diagnosis to college and beyond. She also offers some advice for parents and teachers regarding dyslexia.
In this powerful 24-minute video, Shawn Cork, 19, shares his personal journey with dyslexia and how his specialized tutoring with York Educational Services change his life forever. (provided courtesy of York Educational Service)
Chris and Linda Pupich
Chris and Linda speak about the struggles that their daughter, Jessica, faced due to her dyslexia and the changes they saw in their daughter after being diagnosed and the impact tutoring had on her life.
Jessica, 13, speaks about her struggles due to dyslexia and the positive impact tutoring had on her life.
Dr. Ken Pugh
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. Dr. Pugh’s primary contributions have been in the areas of cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics. He was among the first scientists to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to reveal brain activity associated with reading and reading disabilities including those with dyslexia. In this interview, Dr. Pugh touches on what we know about the dyslexic brain, what current brain research is trying to accomplish, and whether or not dyslexia is a global issue.
Cornell Amerson (part 1)
Cornell Amerson, 49, shares the overwhelming struggles he not only endured in school as a child but also endures as an adult living with dyslexia.
Cornell Amerson (part 2)
In part 2 of Cornell Amerson’s interview, Cornell shares some of his amazing artistic works and sheds some light on how each piece was created.