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.

Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

This definition was adopted by the IDA Board of Directors on Nov 12, 2002 and is included in Chapter 14 of Title 6A of the New Jersey Administrative Code.

Click to learn more about the Early Warning Signs of Dyslexia.

Brain imaging research has revealed anatomical and functional differences in typically developing readers and in children and adults with dyslexia.


Image from the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (www.dyslexia.yale.edu)

Click to learn more about Dyslexia and the Brain.

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Welcome to Dyslexia Awareness Month! To kick off this month, we present this year’s New Jersey Joint Legislative Resolution which officially observes October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. DDNJ would also like to make special mention that this awareness resolution bill was first sponsored in 2017 by Asm Ron Dancer, who sadly passed this summer. Asm Dancer had been a huge sponsor and supporter of NJ dyslexia legislation and of DDNJ’s advocacy efforts since we began. He will be greatly missed. ... See MoreSee Less
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Attention Parents: There is a free, in person parent workshop on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30pm in Highland Park, NJ (near New Brunswick, NJ). Experts in the field, Norma Francullo and Susan Miller, talk about how to best advocate for your children! Event is hosted by Raising Hands Tutoring and Tickets can be reserved at www.eventbrite.com/e/advocating-for-your-child-with-dyslexia-in-new-jersey-tickets-395043725417 ... See MoreSee Less
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NJ FAMILIES - Check out this opportunity to provide feedback on a new advocacy resource! A stipend will be provided.Wunder is a free community app for families raising kids with learning differences to get support from each other, experts, and credible resources. You can join groups focused on specific interests, get advice from professional experts, and access a library of both bite-sized and long-form content! The idea is for families to feel supported in a safe, inclusive space committed to helping them thrive. Learn more at www.understood.org/wunderUnderstood values the perspective Decoding Dyslexia brings to the field, and is seeking insight into how well the app can support real families of all types. We are inviting Decoding Dyslexia families to try out the app for 3-weeks and complete a feedback survey (a written response or a conversation is also welcome). Up to 100 Decoding Dyslexia advocates can receive a $50 gift card stipend for your valuable time and feedback. We hope that this provides an opportunity for you to help us shape this resource for other families! If you’d like to participate, please provide your name, email address, and state in this signup form by September 9th: forms.gle/2oo8HsnDCdVKNXc18You’ll receive an invitation to a virtual introduction to Wunder as an orientation (on Monday, September 12th at 7:30 pm ET), and you’ll receive a survey after your 3-week trial (on September 30th). Thanks for considering!Charles Doolittle | Director, Strategic Partnerships ... See MoreSee Less
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