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French language reading instruction: Phoneme and phonics-related resources

October 30, 2019

Phoneme and phonics-related resources for French-language reading instruction: Tableau des 36 phonèmes Graphèmes – phonèmes   Écoutez les phonèmes français et pratiquez la distinction – Québec Activités phonologiques au service de l’entrée dans le code alphabétique Alloprof – Règles de la Langue – Québec Liste des préfixes – Alloprof Liste des suffixes – Alloprof Liste … More


Press release: Dyslexia community responds to OHRC Right to Read Inquiry

October 3, 2019

Dyslexia community applauds the Ontario Human Rights Commission “Right to Read” Public Inquiry Toronto, ON – October 3, 2019 – Decoding Dyslexia Ontario and The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association applaud the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) decision to launch the Right to Read inquiry into human rights issues that affect children with … More


Decoding Dyslexia Ontario welcomes Right to Read Inquiry

October 3, 2019

Parent-led group welcomes Ontario Human Rights Commission “Right to Read” inquiry Toronto, ON – October 3, 2019 Decoding Dyslexia Ontario applauds the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s announcement to launch the Right to Read public inquiry into possible discrimination by Ontario public schools against children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. We hope that the inquiry … More


Fact sheet: 14 dyslexia facts and figures

October 3, 2019

1. Dyslexia is a specific brain/neurology difference[1] that makes it extremely difficult to read, write and spell in your native language — despite at least average intelligence[2] 2. Dyslexia runs in families and can affect anyone no matter their sex, race or socioeconomic status; dyslexia was first identified more than 100 years ago[3] 3. Children … More


Video: Presentation to accessibility in education town hall

April 10, 2019

On April 10, 2019, Lark Barker, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario President elect, presented the Decoding Dyslexia Ontario statement addressing accessibility in education to the Accessibility Town Hall held in Toronto, Ontario. The meeting was organized by MPP Joel Harden. Under Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, Ontario must remove barriers and become accessible to … More


Submission to Ontario’s Education Curriculum Consultation

December 12, 2018

On December 12, 2018, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario contributed the following response to the provincial government’s Education Curriculum Consultation. Summary: Decoding Dyslexia Ontario is a parent-led, non-profit organization that raises dyslexia awareness, empowers families to support their children who are dyslexic, and shares best practices regarding identification, remediation and support for students with dyslexia. We are … More


Fact sheet: Inadequate Appropriate Special Education Service = Discrimination

April 13, 2018

This week, Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), acknowledged that children with dyslexia must be accommodated in Ontario schools — whether schools use the term “dyslexia” or not. She further advised parents of children with dyslexia or specific learning disorder (SLD) (which may be dyslexia even if your public school … More


Discrimination in education: Ontario Human Rights Commission outreach

April 10, 2018

On April 9, 2018, the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Renu Mandhane, tweeted that all special education needs students must receive timely and appropriate services. The Chief Commissioner opened the door; encouraging parents of children that have not received the appropriate and necessary services in their public education experience to contact the … More


More Than Dyslexic

February 23, 2018

“A couple days after my little man was formally diagnosed with dyslexia, I found him at the kitchen table creating this poster. ‘Dyslexia. It’s not a disadilatee. It’s a Super Power.  For the pepole who are  Dyslexik, Don’t give UP!’  My heart sang. You see just days earlier my husband and I were so worried … More


Ask An Expert

February 22, 2018

Dr. Horowitz talks about dyslexia and its impact on individuals with LD. 🔊


What Is Dyslexia?

February 22, 2018

Reading expert Margie Gillis explains what dyslexia is, including signs and symptoms of dyslexia, why reading is difficult for children with dyslexia, and how to help. 🔊


Dyslexia Struggle Brings ‘Shark Tank’ Star to Tears

February 22, 2018

“Shark Tank” host and entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful,” tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow about his battle with dyslexia as a child saying, “I was really wondering if I was ever going to make it.” 🔊


Brent Sopel, Stanley Cup Winner With the Chicago Blackhawks, on “Hiding Behind His Stick”

February 22, 2018

Watch Brent’s inspiring story – from “hiding behind his stick” as a child to the work he’s doing today to help kids with dyslexia going through similar challenges. 🔊


Songwriter Marc Jordan sings “Rhythm of My Heart”

February 22, 2018

Award winning songwriter and performer Marc Jordan has composed and performed for years without revealing he has struggled with dyslexia. 🔊


Faces of Dyslexia Ontario

February 22, 2018

These are the faces and wise words of some of our young people in Ontario who are spreading the word about dyslexia and helping us understand what we can do to help them succeed in school and in life. 🔊


Faces of Dyslexia Canada

February 22, 2018

In an effort to increase awareness about Dyslexia in Canada, Decoding Dyslexia branches across our country are launching our “Faces of Dyslexia Canada” video. We need the country to know about our bright and incredibly capable young people with dyslexia who deserve an education appropriate to their learning needs. 🔊


Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

February 22, 2018

Visit the LDAO website for more information on the following, plus much more. Finding the Right Balance for Students with LDs – Aurora, February 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Advanced Executive Functioning and LDs / ADHD – Toronto, March 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Solutions for Learning Conference – Embracing Abilities – Burlington, March 22 … More


International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference

February 22, 2018

International Dyslexia Association 2019 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference, Oregon Convention Center, November 7-10, 2019. 🔊


ONBIDA Reading for the Love of It 2020

February 22, 2018

ONBIDA will be at the 2020 Reading for the Love of It conference being held in Toronto on February 20-21, 2020 at the Sheraton Conference Hotel. 🔊


ONBIDA Annual Conference

February 22, 2018

The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA) 2020 Learning & Literacy Conference for educators and parents, April 25, 2020, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario 🔊


Linking Arms with Decoding Dyslexia NJ

February 22, 2018

Decoding Dyslexia NJ is a grassroots movement driven by families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within public schools. They aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in … More


Dyslexia — Dispelling Myths

January 1, 2018

Jessica Collins, a 17 yr old student at Lester B. Pearson United World College, was officially diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 15, but has always been aware that she is slower at reading and writing. 🔊


Revised Definition from the International Dyslexia Association

December 15, 2017

Dyslexia is a neurologically-based, often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic. http://www.dys-add.com/dyslexia.html#anchorDefinition 🔊


Dr. Norm Forman, Navigating the IEP & IPRC Process – A Decoding Dyslexia Ontario Webinar

October 30, 2017

Decoding Dyslexia – Ontario held an information session and webinar on Saturday October 28, 2017, at Beaches Reading Clinic, featuring Dr. Norm Forman. We learned a great deal about the IEP/IPRC process and how parents can effectively advocate for their children. Dr. Forman is a Registered Psychologist with a Doctor of Education degree who has specialized in … More


For Ontario’s current struggling readers and for those yet to come: Please join us.

October 25, 2017

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. For its part, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario has coordinated a webinar on Saturday October 28 about Ontario’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) and IPRC (Identification, Placement, and Review Committee). As well, we initiated some “Coffee Chats” in Ontario communities to go and meet new parents. What we ask of you is to … More


Canada-focused research on education

June 26, 2017

Through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada* (CMEC), since at least 2009, Canada’s Provincial Ministers of Education have been aware that the lack of identification and interventions for dyslexia is a contributing factor to the problems encountered by students in Canada achieving success in Literacy. CMEC is a good source of Canada-focused research and … More


Letter to the Editor – Toronto Star

May 1, 2017

Letter to the Editor Toronto Star Re: “Ontario budget puts focus on children’s well-being,” April 27, 2017 As parents of children with dyslexia, a reading disability that affects 1 in 5 children in Ontario, we were interested to read the TO Star article, “Ontario budget puts focus on children’s well-being,” April 27, 2017. We applaud … More


Ontario parents applaud US special education ruling

March 28, 2017

We, parents of dyslexic children, are delighted with the March 22, page A10, story in the Toronto Star, regarding the US Supreme Court’s ruling for a Denver CO boy whose public education was ‘essentially stalled’ whereby his parents pulled him from public school and enrolled him in a specialty private school where he would get … More


Triathlete Taylor Reid

February 14, 2017

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Decoding Dyslexia Ontario Needs You!

February 6, 2017

If you are a parent or family member of a student with dyslexia, and want to lend your skills to create change, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario needs you! We are seeking people who have skills in the following areas: finance, law (education, human rights, advocacy), media relations, marketing, research & government relations. If you are interested, … More


Faces of Dyslexia in Canada – 2017

January 17, 2017

Welcome to 2017! This year, in an effort to increase awareness about Dyslexia in Canada, Decoding Dyslexia branches across our country are launching our “Faces of Dyslexia Canada” video. We need the country to know about our bright and incredibly capable young people with dyslexia who deserve an education appropriate to their learning needs. Please … More



An open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne – Students with dyslexia in Ontario need your support

December 12, 2016

Dear Premier Wynne, Congratulations on your government’s December 5th commitment to develop an education accessibility standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This is an important step toward ensuring equality of education across our province and as representatives of dyslexia-focused organizations, we are pleased to see this development in Ontario.   You see, … More


Faces of Dyslexia 2016

December 11, 2016

As many of you know, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and to celebrate, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario is sharing its first video. Decoding Dyslexia Ontario aims to build awareness about the 1 in 5 children who struggle to read because of dyslexia. These are the faces and wise words of some of our young people in … More