Decoding Dyslexia – The most popular choice this year was Decoding Dyslexia (including the websites of its various local chapters). According to the parent website Decoding Dyslexia is, “a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country…[that] aim[s] to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia.” From this main website, users can access the specific Decoding Dyslexia website of their home state. On the page of the state chapter of Decoding Dyslexia, you can learn about dyslexia legislation in your state, see resources for people with dyslexia, and learn how you can help. Find out more here.
Yale Center For Dyslexia And Creativity – This site offers numerous resources for parents of children with dyslexia. Some of its key features are: articles about recognizing dyslexia and how to approach the school, evaluation of summer programs for dyslexia, and many stories of successful people with dyslexia. It also has information about Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz’s research on dyslexia and their advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. Find out more here.
Understood.org – Started just a few years ago, Understood.org has a vibrant online community of parents. There are resources such as: worksheets to help for parent-teacher conferences, information about different types of evaluations, help understanding education law, and help choosing a tutor. There are also live webinars with experts in education. Find out more here
Dys-Add.com (Susan Barton) – The Bright Solutions site was started by Susan Barton, the inventor of the Barton Learning System. On the site you will find replays of webinars Susan Barton has done. You will also find numerous videos about dyslexia, including how to recognize dyslexia in a writing sample. There is an email form to receive a list of Barton tutors and dyslexia testers. Find out more here.
DyslexicAdvantage.org – Created by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, this site is inspired by their best-selling book, Dyslexic Advantage. The site features articles about reading, math, dysgraphia, as well as advocacy. You can learn about upcoming conferences. There is even a free, interactive dyslexia test. There is also a chance to register for paid, premium content. You can check it out here.
Headstrong Nation – Similar to Dyslexic Advantage Headstrong Nation was inspired by a bestselling book, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, by Ben Foss. The site features resources for dyslexics and parents of dyslexic children. There are many informative videos, and links to books about dyslexia. There is even a community page to connect with like-minded people for inspiration. You can find out more here.
DyslexicAndUnstoppable.com – In previous years, we have deliberately excluded Dyslexic AND UN-Stoppable from the Best Dyslexia Sites list, in order to offer the most unbiased list. This year we decided to let you, the dyslexia community decide, and many voted for Dyslexic AND UN-Stoppable to be included. Our site, inspired by the book, Dyslexic and Un-Stoppable: How Dyslexia Helps Us Create the Life of Our Dreams and How You Can Do It Too, offers you practical tools, with videos, to help your children overcome the challenges of dyslexia and become inspired to find their inner power. To find out more, simply check out all of the navigation tabs above.
LearningSuccessBlog.com – This site offers you help with reading, spelling, dysgraphia, and math. There is also information about other disorders such as: ADHD, autism, and Sensory Processing Disorder. For dyslexic children, Learning Success Blog offers an analysis of “micro-skills”. An online screening tool helps you determine what specific areas your child is having difficulty with. Find out more here.
OrtonGillingham.com – Run by The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, this site explains the Orton Gillingham technique. It offers information about opportunities to participate in a live training about the method. There are classroom supplies to offer Orton Gillingham instruction and an Orton-Gillingham app. More information available here.
Dyslexia Training Institute – This website offers some great webinars and online trainings, including a training that explains what is dyslexia, an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach, and a course about dyslexia and special education law. There are also free tip sheets on how to get your child’s dyslexia identified for school, how to respond to comments from others about dyslexia, and much more. Find out more here.
Dianne Craft – This website offers you information about improving reading and writing with specific exercises. These exercises help improve the crossing of information from one side of the brain to the other. The website offers sample lesson plans and free videos including, “Teaching The Right-Brained Child” and “Color Reading Transparencies”. There are also opportunities to purchase the “Brain Integration Manual”. Find all of these resources here.
Lindamood Bell – This site offers insight into the Lindamood Bell system for dyslexia instruction. There are also real-life stories of others who have been through the Lindamood Bell System. Finally you can find Lindamood Bell centers in your area. Find out more here.
Eida.org – This is the website for the International Dyslexia Association. There are Frequently Asked Questions about dyslexia, links to IDA publications, and lists of IDA conferences and events. More info here.
Bookshare: Free for current students, Bookshare houses over two hundred thousand documents in its massive online library. Bookshare is a powerful learning resource for students struggling with accessibility learning concerns.
KidsHealth / TeensHealth: KidsHealth and TeensHealth are popular websites for providing kid-friendly reading material that is simple and informative, with articles covering dyslexia basics at a reading level perfect for kids and teens.
DyslexiaHelp: Known for their inspiring “Dyslexia Success Stories” articles, DyslexiaHelp is a large online resource, provided by the University of Michigan, for those dealing with dyslexia. There you will find informative content for parents and professionals alike.
International Dyslexia Association – The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a national non-profit organization specializing in local community involvement. See their branch page to find a provider near you.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia – This inspiring film explores the unique ways in which those diagnosed with dyslexia think, and includes inspiring stories form successful entrepreneurs diagnosed with the condition, such as Richard Branson and Charles Swaub. Check out their website, download the movie on Amazon or iTunes,
Dyslexia Basics – A handy, informative fact-sheet from the International Dyslexia Association that includes a basic definition of dyslexia, as well as the symptoms, causes, and effects of the condition. Perfect for parents looking for an introduction to addressing dyslexia.
Reading Rocket – Reading Rockets describes itself as a “national multimedia literacy initiative, offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.” Their FAQ on dyslexia offers easy-to-understand guidance on helping young readers overcome learning challenges, and their web series, Reading and the Brain, explores the cognitive connections between reading and dyslexia.
Learning Ally: Learning Ally is a large audiobook database, with over 75,000 digitally recorded books in audio format. Audiobooks can be a great way to bolster reading comprehension and fluency in children with dyslexia, especially if they reading the original text while listening along.