Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings: Dyslexia

February 21, 2016 at 4:30PM

You may not know this stunning statistic... one in five kids has dyslexia, which is a brain processing disorder that makes it hard for them to read.

Just in California, there are more than six million children in school, so 20% means more than 1.2 million students with dyslexia. Many of those cases have gone undiagnosed, but a new law is aimed at changing that situation.

Today's powerful show shares the stories of people who live with dyslexia and the movement led by families, educators, and experts concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for the disorder.

WATCH VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Newsom talks about dyslexia with ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

WATCH FULL VIDEO: Lt. Gov. talks to ABC7 about challenges with dyslexia

Studio Guests

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
California Lieutenant Governor

Sophia Granucci
Lives with Dyslexia
Sophia's Dyslexia Fight Song:

Lisa Granucci
Sophia's Mother

Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
Author, Overcoming Dyslexia
Founder/Co-Director, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Tobie Meyer
Decoding Dyslexia California

Fumiko Hoeft, M.D. Ph.D.
UCSF Dyslexia Center
Director, brainLENS (Laboratory for Educational NeuroScience)

Other Resources:

The Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act

Click here to print up the following list of Dyslexia resources (3 page PDF)

Northern California (Bay Area) Resources:

Decoding Dyslexia CA

Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Parent Training & Information Center for Contra Costa, San Joaquin & Alameda Counties
Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Parent Training & Information Center for Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Benito & Monterey
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Parent Training & Information Center for San Francisco County
Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center

Parent Training & Information Center for Marin, Napa & Solano Counties
Disability Rights of California

Community Alliance for Special Education

PEN (Parents Education Network)

Project Second Chance - Adult Literacy Program for Contra Costa County

UCSF Dyslexia Center

Office of Civil Rights CA

Southern California Resources:

Dyslexia Training Institute

CSUN's Special Education Literacy Clinic

International Dyslexia Association - Los Angeles Branch

Tri-Counties International Dyslexia Association

International Dyslexia Association - San Diego Branch

University of San Diego Legal Clinic

National Resources:

Decoding Dyslexia

Find the grassroots movement in your state
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

International Dyslexia Association

Learning Ally

Dyslexic Advantage

Parent Center Hub

Find your Parent Training & Information Center for your area

Association of Educational Therapists

Eye to Eye

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Dyslexia Help at the University of Michigan

National Center for Learning Disabilities



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