• Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To Read

    Rethinking How Students With Dyslexia Are Taught To ReadDyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting tens of millions of people in the United States. But getting help for children who have it in public school can be a nightmare.

    "They wouldn't acknowledge that he had a problem," says Christine Beattie about her son Neil. "They wouldn't say the word 'dyslexia.' "

    Other parents, she says, in the Upper Arlington, Ohio, schools were having the same problem. The district in a suburb of Columbus wasn't identifying their children's dyslexia or giving them appropriate help.

    So, in 2011, the parents pooled their resources and hired a lawyer.


  • Research Opportunities for Adults and Children

    ADULT STUDY - Participants Needed!

    The Gabrieli Lab at MIT is currently conducting new research on reading and reading difficulties. We are looking for people (ages 18-45) with reading and language difficulties.

    The study involves approximately 1.5 hours of testing, 2 hours of computer tasks, and, if you qualify, 1.5 hours of fMRI and MEG brain imaging. You will receive a picture of your brain and $200 or more in Amazon gift cards!

    Individuals with a previous diagnosis of dyslexia are especially welcome!

    Participants will be compensated $20/hr.

    If interested, please contact the lab by email or call 617-401-7870

    CHILD STUDY - Participants Needed!

    The Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Lab and the Gabrieli Lab at MIT are studying the neuroscience of reading & math development and disabilities with the goal of better supporting struggling learners. We are currently recruiting students in 3rd-6th grade who fit any of the following:

    • Typically developing
    • Struggling with reading (and/or diagnosed with dyslexia)
    • Struggling with math (and/or diagnosed with dyscalculia)
    • Struggling with attention (and/or diagnosed with ADHD)

    The study involves 1-2 study visits that will include behavioral testing, language and math games, and an MRI scan. Participate can receive a picture of their brain, score results upon request, and $150 or more in Amazon gift cards!

    If interested, please contact by email. Interested parents can also fill out our Child Screening Survey.

  • Dyslexia Foundation Fall 2017 Conference

    Topic: Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences Within Differences

    This conference is designed for teachers, practitioners and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia and dyscalculia. Participants will learn the latest genetic studies as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

    This conference will be held on October 13, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.


  • National Dyslexia Awareness Month

    October is National Dyslexia MonthPeople with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. However, their tremendous strengths are offset by noticeable weaknesses. Read more at the website of the National Institute for Learning Development.

  • New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

    The Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) spent more than two months collecting feedback from parents, educators, administrators, service providers and advocates for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities as to what they would like to see on a new IDEA site.

    The initial launch of the new website incorporates feedback such as improved search capabilities, expanded content and an easier-to-navigate design compared to the previous Legacy site.

    The IDEA is a law that ensures a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. IDEA stakeholders can continue to provide feedback on the new IDEA website to the Department on the OSERS Blog.

    View the new website or learn more about its creation.