Please note that DD-NJ does not officially endorse, represent or has any legal connection any of the resources listed below. These are websites, films and books that many parents have found very useful in their personal searches for information on and about dyslexia.

DD-NJ’s Original Resources

NJ State Resources

National Resources |
International Dyslexia Association |
Bookshare |
Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc |
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) |
National Center for Learning Disabilities |
LD Online |
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia |

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy |
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity   |
Proactive Parent   |

Assistive Technology Reviews   |
Assistive Technology Solutions  |

U.S. Dept of Education Guidance Memos  |  Guidance on Dyslexia – Oct 2015
U.S. Law: “READ Act” H. R. 3033  |
U.S. Law: “READ Act” [press release]  |

Films on Dyslexia:

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia   |
Dislecksia – The Movie   |
Embracing Dyslexia   |
Being You   |
Other dyslexia related films list with links    |

Books on Learning Disabilites & Dyslexia:

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; Vintage (2005) — A great book that explains what dyslexia is and gives parents tools for helping their children become fluent readers. One of the most helpful and informative books that most parents read early in their journey that really open their eyes and pointed them in the right direction to seek the help their kids needed.

Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats; Broadway (2002) — This book helped explain how school systems work and provided real-world practical guidance on how to understand and work within the framework of the public school system. It also helped us understand the need to sometimes look outside public schools for additional resources.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam Wright and Pete Wright; Harbor House Law Press (2006) — Realizing that your child has an LD (or any disability) can set parents off on a roller coaster of emotions. This fabulous book helped us distinguish facts from emotions in order to properly document the facts and best advocate for our daughter.

The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia by Shirley Kurnoff; London Universal, (2001) — Just as the title says, this book is packed with real stories by people with dyslexia. While many books on dyslexia focus on the mechanics of the learning disability, this is the human story of the people who live with it. Through their stories we learn their strategies and tools for coping with the reading disability. Many of the stories are inspirational and will be a comfort to parents who worry about their child’s future.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge; Penguin Books (2007) — An astonishing new science called “neuroplasticity” is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning by Ben Foss (2013) —  In a passionate and well-articulated guide that puts to rest the idea that dyslexic people are unintelligent, disabilities advocate Foss (himself dyslexic and the creator of Intel Reader, a text-to-speech device) describes dyslexia as a characteristic and a disability that should be accommodated in the same way as blindness or mobility issues. Foss reframes the use of film, audiobooks, and material read aloud as ear-reading, in contrast to the eye-reading that is the educational standard. He hopes that parents can learn to explain their child’s needs in a way that will win them essential support, and that they can help their child build self-esteem. Foss also discusses how to navigate good accommodations in the school environment and determine if a school is inappropriate for your child’s welfare. This extremely practical and motivational book will be welcomed by parents of dyslexic children.

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UPDATE to the Our Dyslexic Kids film viewing tomorrow. Streaming starts at 12:00pm ET on YouTube (not just anytime as posted previously), and will be available unlimited from that time on (days and weeks later).

Panel tomorrow night is still at 8:00pm and shown live, but a recording of it will be available later.

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To watch film:
Thursday, May 21, starting at 12:00pm (available unlimited after then)

Panel discussion:
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THURS MAY 21st - New dyslexia related film release
"Our Dyslexic Children"

The story:
In 2010, a group of parents in a suburban school district near Columbus, Ohio discovered their children had something in common - they could not read. Together they filed a systemic, group complaint with the Ohio Department of Education and the district was found in violation. Then, they formed a ​partnership with the district and now work shoulder to shoulder to deliver the nationally recognized early literacy program they built together. This film was made to offer a roadmap for parents to advocate on behalf of all children. (see their website for more of their story,

To watch film:
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Panel discussion:
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ATTN NJ Educators: Free Tutoring Services for Children with Dyslexia in South Jersey Locations

The Children’s Dyslexia Centers, funded through the generosity of the Scottish Rite Masons, provide intensive reading instruction to children grades 1 –12, with dyslexia. The children receive one-on-one instruction twice a week after school which allows for the instruction to be tailored to each individual child’s needs. A diagnosis from a Child Study Team or outside qualified examiner documenting a diagnosis of dyslexia or presenting test results reflecting a diagnostic profile of dyslexia is required. The Centers provide reading instruction using the multisensory Orton Gillingham approach, also known as a structured literacy approach, which includes direct, explicit teaching of phonics. The instruction is provided at no cost to families except for a modest registration fee. An admission application and report of the professional evaluation help us determine if our approach would be appropriate for the child.

There are two Children’s Dyslexia Centers in South Jersey – one is located in Burlington and the other in Northfield. If you are interested in referring a child for these services, have parents request a Child Admission Application by calling our Central Office at 201-288-1183 or e-mailing

The Centers are now accepting applications for Fall 2020. In keeping with State guidelines for sheltering in place, they are currently offering services online through the end of the school year. They hope to provide in-person instruction in the Fall, but will comply with State and Scottish Rite Masons policy on this matter.
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