Teaching Students with Dyslexia to Read
The Problem with "One-Size-Fits-All"

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
November 15, 2016


A standardized one-size-fits all reading program will not work for children with dyslexia. A reading program needs to be chosen based upon the unique and individual needs of a particular student.

If a child isn’t learning in a particular program, that program doesn’t "work." The school must provide a different program that does work.

The special education law is based on the fact that children learn differently.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find out what happened when the school failed to teach two students with dyslexia to read. Learn what the law requires so that schools provide services individualized to meet the unique needs of each child.

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The Problem with One-Size-Fits-All Reading Programs

A program the school considers “good” may not be adequate for every child.

If a child did not learn and make progress in the district’s program, the district did not provide her with FAPE.


Sea of Change for Dyslexic Students: Turnaround in Upper Arlington

Before - Upper Arlington Schools dismissed frustrated parents who had students with dyslexia.

Now - School officials say spotting reading trouble early pays huge dividends over time.


Memories of Upper Arlington: Letter to the Stranger

Pete and Pam Wright have unique memories of Upper Arlington.

They remember when one highly regarded teacher said to the mother of a 7 year old: You need to accept that 'some people are just nonreaders.'

Pam says, "With one sentence that expressed her beliefs, that teacher consigned Joe James to the proverbial dustbin of failures."

Read the Letter to the Stranger to find out why.


Dyslexia: The Jarron Draper Case

An independent evaluator determined that Jarron had dyslexia.

Learn what the court said when the school failed to provide him with an appropriate special education program.



The Power of Parent Advocacy

UA-KID - If school officials do not listen, you must take action!

Decoding Dyslexia - The power of the collective parent voice! Find the power in your state.

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