Useful Links and Terms to Know
What is DYSLEXIA?
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
(Originally adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002, and slightly revised in 2016) This Definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Many state education codes, including New Jersey, Ohio and Utah, have adopted this definition
HOW WIDESPREAD IS DYSLEXIA?
Current studies suggest that 15-20% of the population has a reading disability. Of those, 85% has dyslexia. Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. In addition, dyslexia runs in families; dyslexic parents are very likely to have children who are dyslexic. Some people are identified as dyslexic early in their lives, but for others their dyslexia goes unidentified until they get older. People who are very bright can be dyslexic. They are often gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales, and sports.
Autism Society of Connecticut (ASCONN)
The Autism Society of Connecticut is focused on three areas: serving as a statewide autism resource, providing grants to families who may need financial assistance, and raising awareness of autism.
Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
An independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with brain injury, their families, and caregivers while increasing the community’s understanding of brain injury and its prevention.
Connecticut Branch of the International Dyslexia Foundation
Resources, advocacy and awareness for individuals with Dyslexia.
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
A statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26.
Connecticut Tourette Syndrome Association
Provides advocacy, education, and support to the Tourette Syndrome community.
Dyslexia Society of Connecticut
Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with epilepsy and their families.
Mental Health Association of Connecticut
Advocating for everyone's mental health for over 100 years.
Connecticut chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association
Dedicated to research, education and advocacy for nonverbal learning disorders.
A network of parents and professionals dedicated to special education, inclusion and Section 504 issues.
Smart Kids with LD
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a non-profit organization in Westport dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD.
All Kinds of Minds
Founded by Dr. Mel Levine. Nonprofit institute dedicated to the understanding of differences in learning.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
A parent-based organization formed to better the lives of individuals with attention deficit disorders.
Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA)
A national voice for special education rights and advocacy.
International Dyslexia Association
Dedicated to individuals with dyslexia and their families.
Interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.
Parent's guide to helping kids with learning differences and disabilities, includes articles, message boards, event calendar, and free publications.
Information about special education law, education law and advocacy.
State and Federal Agencies
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (formerly DMR)
Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Connecticut State Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
State Education Resource Center
U.S. Department of Education
- READ THE BUREAU BULLETIN! These publications are the CT Bureau of Special Education's main way of notifying the public about anything significant. There is important information here that is found nowhere else.
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Operation Autism for Military Families
Academic Accommodation Resources
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Home Modifications for Autistic Kids
Temple Grandin's Teaching Tips
Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism