Dyslexia Facts

Dyslexia is a neurologically based genetic condition which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. It varies in severity, but “red flags” include difficulties in receptive and expressive language — phonological processing, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and sometimes arithmetic. Click here for more information about a local presentation on dyslexia and its solutions.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. About 2.4 million children in the U.S. have learning disabilities, and 80-85% have dyslexia.
 For more information, check the International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia does not go away. But research shows… that with as little as 100 hours of remediation in an Orton-Gillingham system can actually change the brain patterns in our students to make their reading process more efficient. What is even more exciting is that a year after the coaching had ended, their brains continued to solidify those new patterns making the new pathways even stronger. For more information, check Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

Another study published in May of 2009 found that when several schools in Alaska used the Barton system with their dyslexic students, each study participant made a gain of two years in reading level. Elementary students were using the system two hours per week, their high school counterparts worked with the program five hours per week.

74% of children who are poor readers in 3rd grade are poor readers in 9th grade. Literacy has such a strong impact on lifelong productivity that some states use 3rd grade reading scores as a factor in projecting future prison construction.    – B. Chase, National Education Association President

   -  More than 70% of adult prison inmates cannot read above a 4th grade reading level.
   -  85% of children in the juvenile court system can’t read.
   -  When Inmates learn to read – only 15% of them are ever arrested again.
   

Many people with dyslexia are gifted and compensate to learn outside the box. Among noted dyslexics are: Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Woodrow Wilson, General George Patton, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, John F. Kennedy, Greg Louganis, Charles Schwab , Jay Leno, Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson.