Dyslexia: LEFT OUT OF GIFTED PROGRAMS FOR BEING DYSLEXIC?

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S:  My moderately dyslexic 10 year old son was turned down again this year for the QUEST and EAST programs. I really feel like it’s because he is “too much trouble” – you know, struggling to read and write (dysgraphia too). I feel the “tests” to enter are biased against LD children, and the teacher’s decisions of who to pick are very subjective. I feel he’s being discriminated against but again – there’s no proof, these “tests” to enter the classes are all wholly subjective to teacher’s choice.

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It seems that you simply want the playing field leveled so he may participate in the programs. Maybe, take that route and listen to see what resources are available to help him succeed in such programs. Are they even aware of the AT available to help him? On another note, I also focused (as we did not have such programs in my school district) on summer programs at private/prep schools to stimulate my LD child. Such programs also allowed for me to explore other school options and for my child to make new friends. More, the academic stimulation during the summer was amazing. Also, other agencies have after school programs that are stimulating.

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