Dyslexia and Bullying
We had the great honor to visit and speak last month at the PACER Center in Minneapolis, which advocates for children with disabilities and is recognized as a premier voice against bullying. It can only be described as an “awesome” experience. Aligning with the PACER Center is a natural fit for YCDC given our shared passion and goals. Just as YCDC is widely respected and lauded for its work to increase awareness and accurate scientific knowledge of dyslexia, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is leading the fight against bullying through advocacy and critical resources. Bullying intersects with dyslexia particularly in school settings where far too often dyslexia is not identified, the word, dyslexia, not used, and the associated symptoms not addressed. As a consequence, dyslexic children when asked to read aloud in class are shamed and embarrassed. This frequently leads to bullying. In fact, we have met far too many dyslexic boys and girls who are victims of bullying. We are buoyed by the potential positive impact on both dyslexia and bullying prevention emerging from joint initiatives by YCDC and the PACER Center.
Consider this definition of bullying: “When someone tries to make you feel less about who you are as a person, and you aren’t able to make it stop.” We thought of how applicable that statement is to the many boys and girls with dyslexia we have come to know. Now is the time for those fighting bullying to join forces with those of us working to support dyslexic individuals. This month at the PACER Center that happened in a big way.
Giving to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
The generosity of friends of the Center inspires us and has allowed our Center to make major contributions …Read More
2016: An Extraordinary Year
This past year was truly extraordinary for all those who care deeply about helping dyslexic boys and girls, men and women get the support they need to reach their full potential. At the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, our focus has always been on translating scientific knowledge into action. In 2016 that approach paid off in powerful ways from the…Read More
Remembering Matthew Badger
It is with profound sadness we share with you the passing of Matthew Badger, a great champion for all who are dyslexic or care for children with dyslexia. Although you may have heard of Matthew from reading about him in newspapers, we were fortunate to get to know him on a more personal level through a mutual friend, Beth Ravelli…Read More
US Senate HELP Committee Hearing
I am happy to share with you the welcome news that, at long last, dyslexia has had a hearing, an excellent one at that, held by the US Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. On Tuesday, May 10th, a major Senate hearing devoted to dyslexia titled, “Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research & Education” took place…Read More