Turnaround in Upper Arlington: Despite Dyslexia – Every Child Can Learn to Read!

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Updated from a post originally published 11/03/2016

Six years ago Upper Arlington Schools were dismissing frustrated parents of students with dyslexia.

  • The District refused to identify students with reading disabilities
  • Students languished and fell further behind in class
  • Schools used ineffective programs or did not provide services at all
  • Parents were ignored

Families fled the district to receive services elsewhere.

Enough! UA-KID Files State Complaint

19 parents signed onto a complaint to the state on Aug. 30, 2010.

These parents “set out to become experts in federal law and about the latest reading research. They crafted a mission statement and appointed officers, becoming UA-KID.”

The Ohio Department of Education found Upper Arlington guilty of all the allegations and “ruled in 2011 that Upper Arlington was breaking federal law, refusing for years to identify students with reading disabilities and not giving them services that made a difference.”

Parents praise Upper Arlington's turnaround to help dyslexic students Brett Tingley, Upper Arlington mother and president of the advocacy group UA-KID explains why she filed a complaint against Upper Arlington school during the annual meeting of the Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, or COBIDA.

“Personally, I have to pinch myself when I go into meetings (about my child),” Tingley said. “It was surreal to have the director of student services actually suggest things that would help my child.”

Tingley advised parents: “If (school officials) do not listen, you must take action…You cannot get those years or their self-confidence back.”

Now, parents are praising Upper Arlington schools for the turnaround while school officials say “spotting reading trouble early pays huge dividends over time.”

Originally posted on the Columbus Dispatch, read the story Parents praise Upper Arlington’s turnaround to help dyslexic students


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  1. My was just as severe as those in Ohio. In fact it was on the books for a year and half recognized as a specific disability (Iowa). I confronted the public school district and now according to my daughters principle I am really by upper school administrators for holding them accountable. It was a title one reading teacher who keep failing my daughter but it was my actions threatening to sue them for long and short term damages that they finally to do the right thing.. I quote them the articles and my rights under Wrights law Web site. Thank you for being there and I tell all about your site.

  2. Schools in our state, Montana, do not want to recognize dyslexia and I believe it is very costly in school drop out rates, unnecessary special ed services in upper grades, and disciplinary issues. They are only looking at immediate cost of training teachers, Many schools refuse to do a needed one-on-one instructional program even though it’s only 2 hours a week and has an end.

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