Favorite Dyslexia Resources
"My daughter and I both have dyslexia. That’s right. It does not come from the water, it is genetic"
When Learning Ally’s California-based community engagement leader, Jennifer Biang’s daughter, Violet, was identified as having dyslexia, a big family mystery was solved. There were several members in the family that had trouble with reading and spelling. Jennifer immediately began researching and learning as much as she could about it. In the 1st grade, when other kids were learning to read, Jennifer was not. Though she was never formally diagnosed with a learning disability, her school happened to use a reading program that is effective for those with dyslexia. "It worked so well, I forgot how hard it was for me until I saw my daughter have such a hard time."
When her daughter was identified, Jennifer felt excited and relieved because she knew what type of instruction was necessary for her child to learn to read. Unfortunately the schools in the area were not using it. Jennifer turned to online resources and community groups for guidance. She couldn't find any tutors who used evidence-based methods in her area, so she began tutoring her daughter herself with an Orton-Gillingham-based program.
When the parent-led grassroots advocacy movement Decoding Dyslexia began, Jennifer became the founding member of the California chapter. In just two years, Decoding Dyslexia grew from one state chapter to a national movement; and it collectively forms an enormous network for parents to tap into.
With support from her mom, the dyslexia community, and tools like Learning Ally’s audiobooks, Violet is thriving. Now age fifteen and in her first year of high school, she’s reading at grade level, and although she struggles with spelling, technology fills the gap.
With the new resources available to families today, support from groups like Decoding Dyslexia, and services like Learning Ally’s parent support specialists, Jennifer is optimistic about the future for all kids with dyslexia. “Today’s technology is awesome—you can have a mainstream device read to you. It opens doors, and more tools are being developed constantly. I’m so excited to be a part of the dyslexia movement at this time, because things are changing everyday.”