Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Parent Support Group Information

In the upcoming months, the Ohio Valley Branch of the International Dyslexia Association has three parent support group meetings scheduled.

All meetings are held at the Oakley Community Center located at 3882 Paxton Ave. (inside Hyde Park Plaza near Bigg's) 45209.

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010- A Closer Look at Learning: How a Child Learns Best
Speaker: Barbara Hunter, Center Director for the Springer School and Center

Wednesday, February 23, 2011- Navigating the Special Education Process
Speaker: Sue Bitsko- Family Network Coordinator with State Support Team Region 13

Wednesday, May 4, 2011- Why Does Spelling Seem So Crazy?
Speaker: Alicia Sparks- Reading Consultant, Guest Lecturer and Teacher Trainer in Reading Instruction

For more information, contact OVB/IDA at 651-4747 or Mary Ellen Villalobos at mevillalobos@cinci.rr.com.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dyslexia Awareness Rally in OH

Join us in Columbus for

Dyslexia Awareness Day Rally!

What: 2nd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day Rally

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2010; 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where: State House South Lawn, Columbus, Ohio

Next Wednesday, three Ohio Branches of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) are hosting a rally to raise public awareness about dyslexia and spur legislation that will serve and protect dyslexic children in Ohio. Come and join us at the State House in Columbus, where an array of speakers will sound the call for supportive policies on behalf of thousands of citizens with this "invisible learning difference."

You'll also listen in on powerful testimonials from people with dyslexia, enjoy original artwork and poetry, hear a music performance by Kelly Fine & Company (a dyslexic college student band), watch a dyslexia simulation, and much more!

Special note: Janet Milkovich, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at RFB&D, Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic, will speak at the rally. Be sure to look for Janet between 10:30 and 11:30 near the podium at the stairs of the State House South Lawn; introduce yourself, take photos and submit stories that we can share with the wider RFB&D community nationwide.

View the Event Poster Online from COBIDA.

Email Janet Milkovich or call (312) 660-1982

Call or email your State Representatives to let them know that you support dyslexia legislation in OH.

Rep. Ted Celeste: (614) 644-6005 district24@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. William Batchelder: (614) 466-8140 district69@ohr.state.oh.us

We look forward to meeting you in Columbus for a great show of solidarity between RFB&D, the Ohio Branches of IDA, as well as dyslexics, their families, and special educators from all over the state.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Walk in the Life of a Dyslexic Teen

Living "Lexi." A Walk in the Life of a Dyslexic Teen, written by Shelley Trammel and her daughter, who is dyslexic, takes the reader through the challenges and victories of a teenage girl with dyslexia.

Written in first person, Isabella describes her disbelief at not passing tests when she studied and studied, her frustration with feeling "less than normal," the strategies she uses to compensate in her daily life, and finally how she embraces her learning differences with the support of good friends and loving parents.

A quick read, Living Lexi, offers humorous insight for anyone with a pre-teen or teenage child with dyslexia.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

OH Dyslexia Law Update

OH representative Ted Celeste (D-Grandview Heights) and Minority Leader Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) recently introduced a bill (HB 572) that would create a pilot project to demonstrate the effectiveness of dyslexia identification and research-based intervention programs.

The Bill would define dyslexia as a developmental disability recognized under state law and create a pilot program to determine if early identification and intervention can reduce costs down the road. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the impact these methods have on reducing future special education costs for those students. Funding would be drawn from existing state resources (Department of Education).

The bill will undergo committee hearings this fall, but hopefully with bipartisan support, it will be enacted quickly.

To help gain support for HB 572, contact your local state representative here.

To read the Columbus Dispatch article about HB 572, click here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Worthwhile to watch.....

Videos about dyslexia from You Tube:

Nationally syndicated journalist, Nelson Lauver, speaks about his dyslexia here.

A message from the parent of a dyslexic child here.

Learn about famous dyslexics here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two More States Passed Dyslexia Law!

Hawaii and New Jersey have passed dyslexia law!

The time is now to let our OH representatives know that we wish to pass a dyslexia law in OH!

Locate your representative here.

This law would mandate teacher training in all OH colleges, early screening for dyslexia in our schools, and research-based intervention for students not meeting reading benchmarks.

To read more details about the proposed OH Dyslexia Law, click here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

FREE Dyslexia Presentation

Dyslexia Testing & Information Services, LLC and the Miamisburg City Schools are proud to offer a FREE 3 hour dyslexia presentation given by Susan Barton, a leading dyslexia expert and founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.

When: May 7, 2010
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Miamisburg City Schools Memorial Building
540 East Park Street
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Register online at:

For questions or to register by phone, call:

You'll learn:

Dyslexia's Inheritance patterns and the genetic link

The symptoms of mild dyslexia in adults

The classic warning signs in children

Why most dyslexic children don't qualify for special ed

Research-based "best practices" to improve spelling, reading, and writing

Why tutoring alone is not enough -- and much more!!!

Who should attend?

parents who are trying to determine if dyslexia is their child's issue, or who know it is and need to understand all the areas that it will impact, including math and memorization

teachers who don't understand why children who can't master spelling and struggle with reading don't qualify for special education services

reading specialists who need to know how to informally identify which of their struggling readers may have dyslexia -- and what to do to help them

principals who want to start early intervention programs to achieve the goal of No Child Left Behind -- that every student is reading at grade level by the end of third grade

resource specialists who need to know how to close the gap for students who have a learning disability

school psychologists who want to learn to distinguish dyslexia from other learning disabilities

speech language therapists who are often the first specialists to work with dyslexic children because of their difficulty articulating R's and L's, M's and N's, and S, SH and CH

pediatricians who are often asked by parents to test their children for dyslexia

counselors and psychologists who often deal with the lifelong emotional damage that undetected dyslexia and academic failure causes

Susan Barton is trained in seven different Orton-Gillingham-based programs and teaches several graduate-level courses through the University of San Diego.

Susan was recently inducted into the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

OH Dyslexia Law

The Executive Committee of the Ohio Dyslexia Group has been working for the past two years to increase the awareness of dyslexia. It is their goal that a Dyslexia Law be passed in the state of Ohio. The bill will help to identify students and see that they get proper reading instruction in school. It will help to get teachers in colleges and universities trained in the multisensory approach in teaching reading.

The Bill will be written in April – early May. Hopefully it will be introduced by Representative Ted Celeste, the sponsor, in June.

The bill could pass quickly depending on the knowledge and excitement of the representatives for the bill......or linger....or die. We need to inform our state legislators of the important need for this bill.

Before the end of May, please contact your legislators and let them know about this is important issue.

To contact your Senator go to: http://www.ohiosenate.gov/
To contact your Representative go to: http://www.house.state.oh.us

Monday, March 29, 2010

OH Dyslexia Legislation

Ohio Dyslexia Legislation
The Ohio Dyslexia Group

For further information click on the:
“Read the Background....” link below.

The Goal is to have every
Senator and Representative contacted before the Dyslexia Law is introduced.
All this effort is for our
students. For the students
who are dyslexic and struggling in reading.
We want them to have
Success in-
Success in -
After you contact your representatives send their names and their district number to:

We will fill in the chart!!!

To conserve space no more than four √'s will be posted for each legislator. After
that a red number will be
posted under the name.
Read the Background
of the Ohio Dyslexia Law

If you have difficulty locating your Senator or
Representative contact the
Board of Elections:
The Executive Committee of the Ohio Dyslexia Group has been working for the past two years to increase the awareness of dyslexia. It is their goal that a Dyslexia Law be passed in the state of Ohio. This won’t happen unless legislators see a need for this. Please contact your legislators and let them know that this is an important issue for you and your child.
The Legislative Districts of Ohio
The numbers in the rows at the bottom of the each map indicate each district.The √ in the box below the number indicates how many people have indicated to us that they have contacted the Senator or Representative of this District.
To contact your Senator go to: http://www.ohiosenate.gov/
The Senate District Map

2 3 4 5 6 78
9 1011

17 18 1920
21 22 23 24 25 2627


To contact your Representative go to: http://www.house.state.oh.us
The House of Representative District Map
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1415
16 1718
20 21 2223
24 25 2627
28 2930
35 3637


40 41 42 43 44 45 46 4748
55 56
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 6768
80 81 82 83 84 85 8687
89 9091
92 9394
The Three Ohio Branches of the Ohio Vally Branch- OVB/IDA - info@cincinnatidyslexia.org
International Dyslexia Association: Central Ohio Branch- CO/IDA - info@cobida.org Northern Ohio Branch- NOB/IDA- info@dyslexia-nohio.org

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tutors Available

Research by the National Institutes of Health substantiates that research based intervention for an individual with dyslexia is to be instructed in reading and spelling in a way that is direct, explicit, and simultaneously multi-sensory.

The principles of instruction and content of a multisensory structured language program are essential for effective teaching methodologies. The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics.

Contact Dyslexia Testing & Information Services, LLC for tutoring information.


Tutors now available!

Monday, March 22, 2010

RFB&D Scholarship Opportunity

Accepting Applications for National Achievement Awards
Top Winners Receive $6,000
Deadline: April 1st

High school seniors with learning disabilities are eligible to win $6,000. Share your story as an RFB&D member and you could become one of our 51st National Achievement Award winners.

Top winners will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony.
Don't miss this opportunity! The deadline is fast approaching.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Is Dyslexia Inherited?

Read this poignant article written by a dyslexic man upon realizing that his son has more than likely inherited dyslexia from his side of the family.