Alameda Dyslexia Community
Alameda Dyslexia Community is a collection of families with Alameda students with dyslexia. We invite other families with students with dyslexia to join us in creating this community. We acknowledge that Alameda’s one-on-one support of students with dyslexia is critically important, but that greater awareness, communication and support is needed.
What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological 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.
How widespread is dyslexia? About 5% of the school population nationwide has a learning disability in reading that qualifies them for special education. Many more people – as many as 15-20% of the population as a whole – have some of the symptoms of dyslexia.
Our Vision is to bring Alameda families together to:
- share information,
- offer family and student support through our shared experience, and
- empower, celebrate and create awareness of this learning difference at Alameda.
We have already begun to partner with Alameda administration and will continue to work with the teachers and staff and the Alameda PTA on the needs of our students. In the near term, navigating together the implementation of the recent dyslexia legislation (State of Oregon, Senate Bill 612).