Workplace Inclusion Initiatives and Innovation: the Dyslexic Strengths

Workplace Inclusion Initiatives and Innovation: the Dyslexic Strengths

We want to lift up the entire dyslexic community! In pursuit of that goal, Dean visited Minnesota this spring and spoke with the inclusion working group at a technology company called JAMF. Like so many organizations facing a competitive marketplace, JAMF depends on innovation to drive the future success of the business. Who will be able to connect the dots and see opportunities and patterns that others might not? That’s right, those of us with dyslexia. But the work environment and the training…

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Your generosity in action: empowering the dyslexic community

Your generosity in action: empowering the dyslexic community

As a contributor, you've changed lives with your history of support for NoticeAbility. In the last year hundreds of students experienced our strengths-based courses in 9 new states and 8 new countries. Thanks to you and our 4 newest foundation supporters, NoticeAbility's courses are more accessible and affordable. Schools access our courses for less than $800 per year with as many students as they can recruit. That's only possible with your continued…

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2-week Dyslexia Strengths Workshop!

2-week Dyslexia Strengths Workshop!

We recently spoke with Tara Chapman and Sharon Marrello at The Written Word Center for Dyslexia and Learning in Wheaton, Illinois. They co-taught NoticeAbility’s Entrepreneurs & Innovators course for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 weeks straight! this June with a group of middle school students with dyslexia - some from public schools, some from homeschools - and we wanted to share their story with you (and have you share it with your tutors!).

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Changing Dyslexia Awareness: The California Dyslexia Guidelines

Changing Dyslexia Awareness: The California Dyslexia Guidelines

One K-5 school principal we spoke with asked: how do I know which students would benefit from NoticeAbility's social and emotional learning courses? How could she identify those students with dyslexia in a place where the term 'dyslexia' is not even recognized? Any struggling reader is at risk for the poor outcomes associated with dyslexia: anxiety, depression, school avoidance, low self-image, among others. Since teachers know who their struggling readers are, but not every student will get neuropsychological testing for information on root causes, we went looking for guidance that might help schools. That's when our friends at Children's Health Council introduced us to the California Dyslexia Guidelines, and we nearly fell off our chair. The guidelines, shared as PDF download here, are evidence-based, comprehensive, and they answer questions any teacher, parent, or district administrator might have. A treasure trove of information, usefully presented: a roadmap for…

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Dyslexic Student Empowerment: Legislator Engagement

Dyslexic Student Empowerment: Legislator Engagement

“Dean, I wanted you to see the profound reach you’ve had with your message of the Dyslexia MIND Strengths. A young boy in Ontario sent a letter to the Ontario Minister of Education prior to his meeting with her last month. NoticeAbility’s message of empowerment helped him to engage in some fantastic school-focused advocacy, and then he was encouraged to pursue conversations at the provincial level. You are giving others the voice to make change! Thank you!!”

Dyslexia is My Superpower

By Marcus S.

 Grade three was the worst year of my life. I couldn't read and everyone else could. I knew kindergarten kids who could read easily, and I couldn't do it at all. I felt like a complete and total idiot, sometimes I wished I would just die so I could stop feeling so stupid. The worst part was that the other kids noticed I couldn’t read. Sometimes they would pick on me and call me dumb or say I would grow up to be a loser.

I remember the teacher handing out tons of worksheets…

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Adapting NoticeAbility courses for dyslexic students around the world: Holland!

Adapting NoticeAbility courses for dyslexic students around the world: Holland!

Tamara Vreeken is co-founder of the dyslexia advocacy non-profit HOI Foundation in the Netherlands. As NoticeAbility international partners, HOI Foundation has translated our online Entrepreneurs & Innovators coursework –literally re-filmed the videos in Dutch - and also re-cast the course to fit the local needs. We celebrate all of our partners – those teaching in schools, our homeschoolers, and our independent tutoring partners- and look to continue expanding the number of young people helped by their efforts, no matter what language it’s in.

We caught up with Tamara recently and learned about the adaptations she and her partner Stephanie Raber have made to fit their local classrooms, the expectations of parents, and the roles the school and local government play in supporting struggling readers. All things we thought you might want to hear about, since as we’ve found, it’s different in different places, and NoticeAbility wants to help you adapt our courses to fit the needs you see where you are!
NoticeAbility: Tell us about you, and why…

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Edgartown Impact: Interview with Kiely, Special Ed Teacher

Edgartown Impact: Interview with Kiely, Special Ed Teacher

In Edgartown Massachusetts there’s a special education teacher named Kiely who is finishing her 3rd year teaching the NoticeAbility Entrepreneurs & Innovators course to 7th and 8th grade students in her pull-out sessions. We caught up with her right before the end of the school year.

NoticeAbility: Thank you for making time to talk. Could you tell us how the NoticeAbility coursework supports the learning objectives you are trying to meet?

Kiely: I work with students with dyslexia, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, and autism to develop the skills they need. To be able to navigate their days in school, they need practice with collaboration (group work), executive functioning skills (planning, organizing, and completing tasks), and mindfulness (emotional regulation and self-management). By providing time to teach these skills, students in my NoticeAbility class are better equipped to operate in the general education setting with greater confidence and success.

I can’t say how important it is that this is also a curriculum that students feel invested in. The soul of NoticeAbility is child based, it is made from their experience and it relates to them. In my 20 years teaching…

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Students first: NoticeAbility delivers transformative workshop at 2018 IDA conference

Students first: NoticeAbility delivers transformative workshop at 2018 IDA conference

The International Dyslexia Association annual conference represents a prime opportunity to be among people who recognize that the potential of students with dyslexia is too often untapped. The community is so supportive and meaningful for parents, practitioners, and researchers because finding a process that works to address the literacy challenges associated with dyslexia is an oasis for parents searching for answers. So much of what parents and students want is to find a way forward, a place to show what they can contribute, to have an even playing field and have their strengths recognized. But even while the educators, literacy specialists, parents, and researchers are in presentation sessions talking about the latest best practices in education, we noticed that many of the young people who happen to come along with parents were traditionally relegated to finishing school work in a hotel room. In 2018 NoticeAbility’s founder and IDA board member Dean Bragonier volunteered to change that by hosting a workshop based on our Entrepreneurs & Innovators enrichment course. “As we started NoticeAbility…

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Reaching the 1 in 5 students with learning differences: West Coast edition

Reaching the 1 in 5 students with learning differences: West Coast edition

Dean traveled to San Francisco in early May to present to the students and families participating in the EdRev event. This is a premier conference hosted each year by the Children’s Health Council which brings together advocates, researchers, and educators to connect and share their expertise on behalf of the students who have dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety, or other learning differences. https://www.edrevsf.org/

Dean was the featured kickoff speaker for the pre-conference youth forum EdRevUp! where he shared about the unique challenges that school presents. “It’s so difficult, right?

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A Dyslexia Empowerment Story: Finding Hope in Community

A Dyslexia Empowerment Story: Finding Hope in Community

We welcome people who connect with our mission to reach out with their stories. We can't share them all, but we want to offer inspiration to those parents and young people out there who want to know they are not alone, we ‘get it’, and there is a path forward. The story we’re sharing below is one of a lifelong journey through what it means to be dyslexic; to embrace what makes you uniquely powerful, capable, and extraordinary.

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NoticeAbility's Curriculum Design Principles

NoticeAbility's Curriculum Design Principles

NoticeAbility’s courses build on the work of neuroscientists Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide and their insights about dyslexic strengths as they laid out in their book, The Dyslexic Advantage. The cognitive attributes that people with dyslexia are more likely to develop and show advantages in (the Material, Interconnected, Narrative, and Dynamic reasoning areas, or ‘MIND’ strengths - video here) also predispose dyslexics entering the workforce to end up in certain professions (Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Architecture & Engineering, and the Arts: music, drawing, painting, movement, sculpture, graphic design, among others). These inferred cognitive strengths, paired with the observed professional pathways, and grounded in an understanding of the barriers to text-heavy content learning for students with dyslexia, combined together explain NoticeAbility’s course design principles…

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NoticeAbility passes two-year milestone on Vineyard

NoticeAbility passes two-year milestone on Vineyard

NoticeAbility, a nonprofit that aims to provide schools with curriculum designed with dyslexic children’s needs in mind, marked two years in the Vineyard’s public school system this summer. In celebration of those who “funded the incubation of the organization,” as Dean Bragonier, founder of NoticeAbility, told The Times, a clambake and bonfire was held on Job’s Neck Beach last Friday evening.

“This spot is of great significance to me,” Bragonier said from atop a hay trailer to those gathered on the sand. “In 2015 I wanted to start this organization to help empower students with dyslexia. I decided the best way to get people’s attention was to do something absurd and attempt to swim around this Island. I got to this point here…

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Renowned Director of the MIT Personal Robot Group joins members of the Department of Engineering at Harvard University to help NoticeAbility build its Robotics Engineering curriculum

Last February, NoticeAbility was contacted by Aparna Rajesh, co-captain of Prototype G, a 9-person, all-female robotics team from New Jersey (ages 13-17 years old). Aparna had seen Dean’s Ted Talk and contacted NoticeAbility for advice: How could members of Prototype G teach their dyslexic friend about robotics (a field that, after all, caters to the dyslexic advantage)?

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Join NoticeAbility July 25th in welcoming Thomas West to discuss his new book: Seeing What Others Cannot See

Excited to announce that Thomas West, the pioneer author in the dyslexic advantage field, will join Dean at his talk at the Field Club in Edgartown on 7/25 at 6:30. Having penned landmark books like In the Mind's Eye and Thinking like Einstein, Tom will be signing his newest release Seeing What Others Cannot See. The proceeds of all book sales will benefit NoticeAbility.

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NoticeAbility launches its second curriculum: Consenses

Consenses

Consenses

Many of the world’s greatest artists are dyslexic (Ansel Adams, Pablo Picasso and Anthony Hopkins to name a few). With our Entrepreneurs & Innovators curriculum in full swing, NoticeAbility shifted gears mid-winter to focus on building its arts-based curriculum. Meet Sally Taylor. A prolific musician, a dyslexic and a visionary in the art world, Sally has created an arts-based curriculum that has garnered international acclaim (see herTed Talk). As luck would have it, Sally is married to NoticeAbility’s founder, and the potential for collaboration was simply too hard to ignore. Beginning this fall, NoticeAbility will launch its arts-based curriculum, called 'Consenses'. Please email us to learn more:  support@noticeability.org Facebook Consenses / Website consenses.org