Learning Ally’s California-based Parent Support Specialist, Jennifer Biang, has a unique perspective to offer fellow parents. “My daughter, Violet, has dyslexia,” she says, “and I also have dyslexia. That’s right; it does not come from the water, but from genetics.”  Click on the photo to read Jennifer’s story.

Learning Ally’s California-based Parent Support Specialist, Jennifer Biang, has a unique perspective to offer fellow parents. “My daughter, Violet, has dyslexia,” she says, “and I also have dyslexia. That’s right; it does not come from the water, but from genetics.” Click on the photo to read Jennifer’s story.

“Dyslexia CAN be properly addressed by schools. There is no excuse not to.” Leading dyslexia experts Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D. shared their support for Rep. Bill Cassidy’s resolution, which urges schools to address the impact of dyslexia on students across the U.S. They added that the resolution “represents a giant step forward for everyone and anyone who cares about dyslexia.”

“Dyslexia CAN be properly addressed by schools. There is no excuse not to.” Leading dyslexia experts Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D. shared their support for Rep. Bill Cassidy’s resolution, which urges schools to address the impact of dyslexia on students across the U.S. They added that the resolution “represents a giant step forward for everyone and anyone who cares about dyslexia.”

Diagnosed with severe dyslexia as an elementary school student, Dustin Henderson struggled well below grade level in reading and writing — even as he shined in math and science. Refusing to be defined by his disability, he went on to graduate as valedictorian of his high school and at age 19 is finishing a successful freshman year at Oregon Institute of Technology. @Learning_Ally #NAA14

From 19-year-old Dustin Henderson, a Learning Ally National Achievement Award winner who is dyslexic and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class in Oregon:"Before Learning Ally, reading was a chore.  I just couldn’t do it. I always loved listening to books, because I grew up with my parents reading to me, and it just came to life.  But then when it came for me to read by myself it didn’t work like that. And then the first tool I had as a fifth grader was just a text to speech software, and the voice was too mechanical.  It didn’t really come to life like it did with Learning Ally.  So the natural voices just make a huge difference."Listening to a book with a human voice definitely makes the details pop, but also at the same time you get the overall picture, and it really just makes the books come to life."If I could meet all the volunteers, I’d definitely let them know that what they do is something magical, because they just bring the books to life.  They bring the text off the page, and they really made me be able to get where I am today.  So that’s truly something that they should be proud of."You can learn more about Dustin’s journey at his page on the NAA website: https://naa.learningally.org/dustinhenderson/

From 19-year-old Dustin Henderson, a Learning Ally National Achievement Award winner who is dyslexic and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class in Oregon:

"Before Learning Ally, reading was a chore.  I just couldn’t do it. I always loved listening to books, because I grew up with my parents reading to me, and it just came to life.  But then when it came for me to read by myself it didn’t work like that. And then the first tool I had as a fifth grader was just a text to speech software, and the voice was too mechanical.  It didn’t really come to life like it did with Learning Ally.  So the natural voices just make a huge difference.

"Listening to a book with a human voice definitely makes the details pop, but also at the same time you get the overall picture, and it really just makes the books come to life.

"If I could meet all the volunteers, I’d definitely let them know that what they do is something magical, because they just bring the books to life.  They bring the text off the page, and they really made me be able to get where I am today.  So that’s truly something that they should be proud of."

You can learn more about Dustin’s journey at his page on the NAA website: https://naa.learningally.org/dustinhenderson/