Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

December 3, 2016 | Articles

[NPR] Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Part 4 of the series: “Unlocking Dyslexia.” Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word “dyslexia.” She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word. As the most common learning disability in the U.S., […]

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November 29, 2016 | Articles

[NPR] Raising A Child With Dyslexia: 3 Things Parents Can Do

Part 3 of the series: “Unlocking Dyslexia.” A mother, who spent years coaching and encouraging her dyslexic son, recalls his childhood with one pervasive feeling: “It was really scary.” One father told me his home life was ruined. Trying to do homework with his struggling daughter, he says, felt like “a nightmare every night.” Optimism […]

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November 29, 2016 | Articles

[NPR] How Science Is Rewiring The Dyslexic Brain

Part 2 of the WNYC series “Unlocking Dyslexia.” Our ancient ancestors were able to speak long before they were able to read or write. That history is etched in our brains. The human brain naturally picks up spoken language. Not so for reading. “You can think of the reading brain as moonlighting,” says Guinevere Eden, director […]

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November 28, 2016 | Articles

[WNYC] Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Part 1 of the WNYC series “Unlocking Dyslexia.” “It’s frustrating that you can’t read the simplest word in the world.” Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping. “Goll—. G—. Gaa—. Gaa—. G—. ” He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is […]

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June 13, 2016 | Articles, News

Harvard law school graduate claims she failed N.Y. bar exam because she got no accommodations for her disability

A Harvard Law School graduate is suing the New York Board of Law Examiners, blaming her failures to pass the bar exam on the board’s refusal to grant accommodations for her disability. Tamara Wyche eventually passed the bar in 2015, but claims that her legal career had already been damaged by the two prior failures. […]

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November 20, 2012 | Articles, Testing

Legal Test of Time

Alexander Morelli — whose dad is high-flying litigator Benedict Morelli — says in court papers that he suffers from “learning and attention disabilities” that were diagnosed when he was in seventh grade. But Alexander, 23, wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and claims he’s entitled to special “accommodations” during the Dec. 1 LSAT, specifically […]

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April 1, 2012 | Articles

Disabled Law Students See Largest Hurdles at Entrance, Exit

Attorney Jo Anne Simon, who has represented disabled law students (or prospective students) who are suing standardized testing companies for greater accommodations, says the most significant problems surround those tests. “Obviously, there could be a school here or there that isn’t as responsive,” Simon says. “Or there may be an individual circumstance where a student […]

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November 4, 2010 | Articles

Accommodations Angst

Extra time. More breaks. A small, quiet room. Seeking such accommodations on entrance exams can be a journey of angst for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A new set of federal regulations, published in September and effective in March, could smooth the path. In theory, says Jo Anne Simon, a New York […]

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May 26, 2009 | Articles

On the Bench, With Fairness and Empathy

The woman sitting in the witness box was presented with a printed page, and asked to read it aloud. She used two hands and her lips. One index finger tracked the words left to right across the page; the other moved down the lines, from top to bottom. She mouthed the words to herself before […]

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