Dyslexia, a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading, is the most common learning disorder that affects both children and adults — including Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Anderson Cooper, among many others. Because it is so common, there is a high level of understanding about dyslexia and plenty of strategies for surmounting the challenges it presents. And that’s why we put together this guide that is packed with 40 individual resources for anyone affected by dyslexia. Read on to discover resources for students and teachers, as well as games, activities, and more.
General Dyslexia Resources
This section is for anyone interested in learning more about the resources available to those with dyslexia, including parents and teachers. The links below include organizations focused on dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and other general resources related to dyslexia.
IDA works for greater understanding and support for the dyslexic community. The website includes background information, resources for families and teachers, and related publications.
This website is a fantastic resource for anyone hoping to get a better understanding of dyslexia. It is especially useful for parents of dyslexic children and provides lots of helpful articles and hints.
Dyslexic Advantage is a worldwide online network for dyslexic individuals, parents, and teachers, with a mission “to foster positive identity, community, and strength for every dyslexic child and adults.”
Eye to Eye is a national learning disability movement dedicated to mentoring. It brings adults with learning disabilities (including dyslexia) to schools to develop one-on-one relationships with students with similar disabilities.
This movement aims to empower adult dyslexics to develop new ways of learning and working based on their abilities. The website contains tons of helpful information for adults and parents, including insightful videos and a robust list local community resources.
A “virtual well of dyslexia resources,” this is a great place to get an understanding of dyslexia and find plans, programs, and resources to help.
Dyslexia Resources for Students
Dyslexia can make being a student extra challenging, no matter the age. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to help students of all ages reach their full potential at school and beyond.
Learning Ally is a nonprofit that seeks to help students with print disabilities like dyslexia. As well as in-school programs, the organization provides a library of audiobooks, an online community just for students, and a college success program.
An initiative from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, this website provides free early learning resources. It has games and webinars for children, and toolkits and information for parents.
Developed for adolescent and adult learners, these short videos aim to increase students’ ability to read, pronounce, and understand word meanings.
Here is a long list of independent schools across the US that specialize in educating students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
This network unites and encourages college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies. The site offers information and support, as well as a robust online community.
Head to this site for free advice, resources, and strategies made to help dyslexic students overcome their challenges through mindful and multisensory materials and strategies.
For students looking for help paying for college, here is a list of scholarships just for scholars with learning and attention issues.
Worried about how to succeed in college with dyslexia? Here is a helpful article of hints, tips, and advice from current college students on how they made it through higher education.
Worried about how to succeed in college with dyslexia? Here is a helpful article of hints, tips and advice from current college students on how they made it through higher education.
Dyslexia Resources for Teachers
Teachers of dyslexic students will benefit from the many resources below that include curricula, teaching strategies, and activities to ensure that dyslexic students’ unique needs are met in the classroom, no matter the grade.
This handbook was developed to help educators better understand dyslexia and support children in reaching their fullest potential. It includes classroom strategies and components of effective reading instruction.
This website has lots of worksheets and teaching tips to aid teachers in incorporating extra practice reading in the classroom for dyslexic learners.
Head here for a wealth of information for both teachers and parents. There are articles for educators, reading lists, technology tools, and more.
A great tool for anyone in special education, this is a Facebook group where educators share their recommendations and tips for iOS devices or apps that aid in education.
Teachers can review this useful article for recommendations that can enrich learning for beginning readers and writers.
Teaches can review this useful article for recommendations that can enrich learning for beginning readers and writers.
This is a straightforward list of 10 tips to help any teacher with dyslexic students in their classroom.
Check out this in-depth article that covers ways to approach the different areas of learning in a way that accommodates the needs of dyslexic students.
Parents who teach their dyslexic children at home have unique challenges and opportunities. This site lists some of the best curricula available to teach from home.
Written for teachers in Scotland, this guide provides a wealth of information on teaching and supporting dyslexic students and strategies for approaching their various needs.
Overcoming Dyslexia with Games and Exercises
Especially for younger children with dyslexia, games can be one of the most useful tools to improve literacy and enrich the learning experience. Here are a few games for a variety of ages that can make learning more fun.
These characters from PBS’s Between the Lions star in online games that bring young readers into stories and activities that dive into early literacy skills.
Great for kids struggling to read on their own, this website has a big collection of books read aloud by actors.
This bright website offers many free stories and web activities to help students get excited about reading.
This game by the BBC helps students recognize silent letters, often a challenge for dyslexic readers. The website has lots of other free reading games as well.
Head to this great, easy-to-use site for a huge range of fun reading games categorized by grade level and subject.
Little kids will get such a kick out of these fun activities that combine word and rhyme with simple finger movements to develop memory and recall skills (think “Itsy Bitsy Spider”). Visit RIF’s YouTube page for more videos.
Not all games are for children — these games, quizzes, and worksheets help students and adults over the age of 16 practice the skills they will need at college and in the workplace.
Want to build your vocabulary, strengthen reading skills, and do something good for the world all at the same time? That’s what Free Rice offers. This vocabulary quiz donates a small amount of rice to hungry people for every question you answer.
Understanding Dyslexia Resources
Browse the links below to discover basic and more in-depth research on dyslexia. From fact sheets to scientific papers, these resources provide greater insight into this fairly common but often misunderstood learning disability.
This handy fact sheet from the International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia and lists symptoms, causes, and effects.
This video dives into the ways brain scientists are working to better understand why some children struggle to read and what can be done about it.
This comprehensive website provides background information for parents and educators, interventions for dyslexia, and ways to navigate the educational system by understanding special education law. It also offers online courses and webinars.
Check out this collection of informative videos about dyslexia and related topics.
Established by a clinical psychologist and dyslexic, DyslexiaDx.com addresses the social and emotional impacts of dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities with helpful articles, books, and other links.
This special series of podcasts by NPR dives deep into what is known, and unknown, about dyslexia, the most common learning disability.
This video and podcast library contains a huge collection of multimedia resources, including videos about dyslexia success stories and informational videos.
These scientific studies about dyslexia conducted by the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity are available for download as PDFs.