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I can confidently say that if you can change your perspective of how you look at others and yourself, you can change your life. Positive thinking is the key to opening the door and succeeding. That is the basis and mission of this website. Students can join FreeThinkers Universityby signing their name to a declaration of self esteem. Once they have signed the declaration, a witness can sign their University Degree and proudly hang on their wall to remind them of their oath. When I was a teen my boss had everything you could think of about success. I used to brain wash myself with success tapes. My favorites are Zig Ziglar, See You At The Top, and Leo Buscaglia, Politics of Love. You can’t go wrong listening to anything they produce! Zig Ziglar Buscaglia personal favorite definition of success. -Ralph Waldo EmersonSUCCESS By Barbara Smallwood & Steve Kilborn I re-examine my life often. It is always good to look at where you have been, where you’er at, and where you’er going. When I was 16 I copied this off the side of my bosses coffee mug. I used to know it by heart. It’s always good to read every once in a while. Anyway, my coffee mug…
 Free Posters Of Dyslexics

Helpful products for Dyslexics

This Wall Chart (14 x 48 inches) is folded into the cover of a book with 48 pages of text, including biographical notes for 464 shows a sample of the synchronoptical World History Chart and links to the award-winning HyperHistory Online. The World History Chart – a companion to Hyper History Online – contributes to a better understanding of the historical forces that shape today’s global affairs    –    from the  Middle East  to China, India,  Afghanistan,  Europe and  America. Order the latest edition  of the best-selling History Chart now as long as stock lasts! This World History wall chart helped me understand History in a cronalogical time line.They also have a linkable time line. It’s $24.00 in the US and Canada.  Here’s another one

“Dyslexia” In The News

Ask Jeves what’s in the news about Dyslexia. [click] Google search “Dyslexia + news”American Journal The dyslexic “Gene KIAA0319”Disabled education rights law to be expanded Monday, 5th January, 2004

Fortune Magazine Cover Story:
Overcoming Dyslexia; Monday, May 13, 2002. 

FORTUNE examines business leaders and artists who have gone beyond the limitations of dyslexia. By Betsy MorrisRead story(DTV Pixs)

Newsweek, November 22, 1999.
“Dyslexia and the New Science of Reading Millions of otherwise bright children struggle with words, but recent brain research shows there’s hope-if parents and teachers know what to look for. By Barbara Kantrowitz and Anne Underwood.” Read story(DTV Pixs)Fortune Magazine: Health
Overcoming Dyslexia; 2003.

Consider the following four dead-end kids. One was spanked by his teachers for bad grades and a poor attitude. By Betsy Morris Read story

The Infinite Mind: Dyslexia The program begins with commentary from host Dr. Fred Goodwin, who observes that advances in neuroscience have made it clear that dyslexia is a wiring glitch in the brain, and that it is wrong to assume that dyslexic children are stupid or slow. pictureBBC NewsSunday, 9 April, 2000, 01:15 GMT 02:15 UK“A teenager whose schooldays were blighted by dyslexia is setting up a website to help others in the same predicament. ”

Dyslexic Friendly Reviews. By Stacy Poulos [Click]Every year we evaluate educational programs, products, books and websites that are ‘dyslexic’ friendly, through the eyes of dyslexics.

Headlines Dyslexia in The news…John Dewey, Dumbing Down, and The Scandal of Dyslexia
American Chronicle – Beverly Hills,CA,USA
Dewey’s bias against literacy and individual achievement fosters (and then hides) learning disabilities. According to our public schools, dyslexia (just a …

“Dyslexia” In The News

The Dyslexia mail groupis for the discussion of issues of particular concern to dyslexics. Particular attention will be given to computer tools which dyslexics find to be useful. (More Information) (DTV Pixs)The Schwab Foundation for Learningprovides readers with the lastest information on learning disabilities, support and resources to improve the lives of students with learning differences. Informative database of resources, book and video lists, lesson plans, publications including some complimetary publications, customize the website to the users needs, bulletin boards for parents and educators, opportunity to submit questions to our information desk. http://www.schwablearning.orgKids learning disabilities and dyslexiaLD Pride Post a message / Bullitin Board

Adaptive Hardware & Software

Google search “Adaptive Hardware & Software”Don Johnston ProductsSolutions for Students with Disabilities and Reading and Writing Solutions for Struggling Students. Some of the products are software. Pixs)What Html etc. means Adaptive Technology ResourceIBM Special needs solutionsTrace Research and Development CenterAssistive TechnologyThe Technology Access Center of Tucson, Inc. has an e-mail site for information on assistive technology at

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) 
The Ask ERIC Virtual Library site has selected resources for education and general interest, including the ERIC database and full-text ERIC Digests. Several ERIC articles of interest to parents of learning disabled youth can be found at the National Parent Information Network (NPIN).

Inspired Idea Chritian based teaching. Good links to accommodations, home schooling and helpful products or tools for Dysgraphia...

Ability HubAssistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

Be calmed — 100% Natural ADD alternatives.

Reading from Scratch, (RfS/EL) a program of science-based teaching techniques, now makes possible grade level or higher reading. Because brain scans have finally pin-pointed the CAUSE of dyslexia, and if you remove the cause, the reading problem can be fixed. A good reader uses the left side of his brain when he reads. A dyslectic reader uses the right by mistake. Switch the reader over to the left where the programming is built in for reading and spelling.

Color Sensitivity

Irlen Method: This page provides information regarding the Irlen Method and its application to alleviating headaches or migraines. This method has been researched with the dyslexic and reading disabled population for over 14 years. Most of these individuals report strain, tension, fatigue, or headaches with reading and other perceptual activities. Irlen Institute (83 clinics worldwide) Email: Helen L. Irlen, Author of “Reading By The Colors” (Avery Publishing) This method has been featured on “60 Minutes” and “Worldwide News with Peter Jennings” and is described in Helen Irlen’s book, “Reading By The Colors.” (GV Pixs) Excellent demo

Books on Tape

Google search “Books On Tape”

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

RFB&D is recognized as the nation’s leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. RFB&D offers the nonprofit sale of dictionaries, reference materials and professional books on computer disk (E-Text) and specially adapted tape players/recorders to use with their audio books. 75% of their clients have learning disabilities. Books on tape are provided free to students, partly paid for from a tax on your phone bill; thank you! Something I benefited from in College. 20 Roszel Road., Princeton, NJ 08540 / Telephone: 609/542-0606Accordance Software has a dyslexic friendly Mac versions of the bible. From basic 70.00 to Premier Level $270 Bible On LineIt can be read on line if your have a “real player”. Matt 17:20 Free to listen to on line or you can buy copies.

More Research Resources

Literacy in America: Research Shows What Works! ABC EDUCATION ADVOCACY CENTRALwith Step-by-Step Parent Advocacy and Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs in Pennsylvania’s Public Schools LinkBright Solutions for Dyslexia, LLC Sharing the latest research results with those who need to know. search “Research + Resources”Letmelearn.orgA selection of research regarding identifying individual learning approaches preferred by children and how to identify these, the whole site is under ‘letmelearn’.

Educational Organizations

EASI: Access to Information for Persons With DisabilitiesIPL The Internet Public LibraryACM – The First Society in ComputingNational Science Foundation World Wide Web ServerOpen Text CorporationProject GutenbergList of DictionariesUniversity of Chicago Philosophy ProjectYahoo – Society and Culture: Disabilities

Learning Disability (LD) Resources

Learning Disabilities AssociationLD OnLineDavis Dyslexia Association InternationalInternational Dyslexia AssociationThe Adult Dyslexia OrganizationDisabilities – Web_Directories/

Dyslexic School Help Resources

Excellent resource for students Dyslexia College has resources for: Computer programs, Essay writing, Reading difficult books, Giving presentations, Concentration, Time scheduling, Acronyms, Organization, working methods, Taking notes, Exams, Support for dyslexic students, For teachers, Dyslexia and stress, Discussion Forum & Newsletters.

Visual Disability Resources

American Council of the BlindNational Federation of the BlindNational Library Service for the Blind and Physically HandicappedThe Canadian National Institute for the Blind on the World Wide WebRoyal National Institute for the BlindBlind Babies Foundation

Government Agencies

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) 
U.S. Department of Education, OCR 

330 C. Street, S.W., Suite 5000 
Washington, DC 20202-1100 
Telephone: 202/205-5413.

To file a formal civil rights complaint (a Section 504 complaint) contact this office or the regional office servicing your area.

US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20202

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)
Room 3090, Switzer Bldg.
330 C Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20202

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Bldg., 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

National Institute of Health(NIH)
Bethesda, MD 20892

National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH)
5600 Fisher Lane., Rockville, MD 20857

National Organizations on LD

American Hyperlexia Association 
479 Spring Road., Elmhurst, IL 60126 
Telephone: 708/530-8551

Children and Adults with ADD (CH.A.D.D) 
499 NW 70th Avenue #308., Plantation, FL 33317 
Telephone: 305/587-3700

Council For Exceptional Children (CEC) 
Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD) 

1920 Association Drive., Reston, VA 22091-1589 
Telephone: 800/328-0272 or 703/620-3660.

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) 
P.O. Box 40303, Overland Park, KS 62204 
Telephone: 913/492-8755.

International Dyslexia Association
Chester Building; 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 382, Baltimore, MD 21286-2044 / Telephone 410/296-0232

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401 
New York NY 10016 / Telephone: 212/545-7510

European / Outside USA Dyslexia Associations

World Dyslexia Network Foundation International Dyslexia Association (formerly Orton Dyslexia Society)

The International Book of Dyslexia
Edited by Robin Salter EDA and Ian Smythe WDNF, 1997 published by EDA and WDNF
has chapters from 30+ countries.Canadian Dyslexia Association / Association canadienne de la dyslexie
The Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group hopes to fulfil all the needs of the people resident in Gibraltar.

Related Organizations

The Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas is a research organization which has a long history of successfully addressing the needs of students at risk for failure (including those with learning disabilities), and of helping students and their teachers reach new heights in educational success.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

The Dana Alliance, a nonprofit organization of 150 neuroscientists, was formed to help provide information about the personal and public benefits of brain research. Today one out of five Americans suffers from:

Brain-related disease Learning disabilities
Disorder Alzheimer’s disease
 Cocaine addictiona Spinal cord injuries

Significant advances have been made in brain-related research, including “imaging” techniques, that allow scientists to study actual functioning brains; genetic-based research; and the development of new drugs. This site will help answer questions about brain-related research and provide information about new developments in that research.E-mail general requests and comments to and media/press inquiries to 745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
New York, NY 10151

HEATH Resource Center 
One Dupont Circle, Suite 800; Washington, DC 20036 
Telephone: 800/544-3284

HEATH (Higher Education and Adult Training for People with Handicaps) is a national clearinghouse that provides free information on postsecondary education and related issues for individuals with learning disabilities. (Note: the link to HEATH is a gopher link and is sometimes erratic.)

LD OnLine is the exciting new home on the Internet for anyone interested in learning disabilities . . . parents, educators, and the kids we care about. It’s a place to learn, a place to find help, a place to exchange ideas. Best of all, LD OnLine showcases the wonderful artwork and writing of students with learning disabilities.

1875 Connecticut Avenue, 8th floor; Washington, DC 20009 
Telephone: 800/695-0285

NICHY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)is an information clearinghouse that provides free information on disabilities and disability-related issues.

Links to other resources; ADD

ADD/ADHD information, including papers and articles from professionals in the field and where to get ADD/ADHD related products, can be obtained from One ADD Place.

Scholarships And Financial Aid

Mark Kantrowitz’s FinAid Page site focuses on sources of financial aid for college students. The Financial Aid for Disabled Students page contains extensive financial assistance information for post-secondary students with learning disabilities.

Scholarships to IDA International Conference Available in the Inland Empire. They urge educators and parents to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. The following criteria will apply: 1. Scholarship recipient must be a member of IDA and must reside in the Inland Empire.

Legal Resources

Google search “disabilities + Legal Resources”

The Thomas Page of the Library of Congress provides access to the Library of Congress and bills before Congress, including bills related to learning disabilities.

The U.S. LAW page has specific questions and answers on Social Security and disabilities.

Wrightslaw: Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities. You will find hundreds of  articles, cases, newsletters, and other information about special education law and advocacy in the Wrightslaw Advocacy and Law Libraries.

The EDLAW Center has many resourses and books. The EDLAW Center was established to provide assistance on a systemic level to attorneys who represent parents of children with disabilities. It is premised on the recognition that, while securing an appropriate education for any single child with a disability is important, changes on a systemic level are necessary to enable all children with disabilities to obtain the free appropriate public education promised them by the law.

Find Law resourse for all law

Individual Rights & Responsibilities

Work Related Resources


A provider of Dyslexia Awareness and training courses to commercial, statutory and voluntary organizations nationally. Assists organizations to release the full potential of employees who have Dyslexia. Here to enable and empower people with Dyslexia to realize their full potential. Dyslexia: One Man’s Story By Alan McDowell

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 1-800-669-3362 
Voice mail directs calls from 7am-5:30pm ET (Monday-Friday). Operators accept orders for publications, fact sheets, posters, and a resource directory for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities. They do not answer questions relating to employment but can give referrals to local EEOC offices.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education at the Center for Employment, Education & Training at Ohio State University 1-800-848-4815 
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education has a 24-hour voice mail service that provides information on ERIC Digests, annotated bibliographies, and assorted publications, some with information on learning disabilities. ERIC does not answer specific questions on disabilities, local programs, or jobs.

National Center for Research in Vocational Education 1-800-762-4093 
has an operator available from 8am-5pm Pacific Time(PT)(Monday-Friday) who provides information on products, electronic services, and vocational education. A catalog and newsletter are also available. The Office of Student Services produces materials on learning disabilities and a sub-catalog for special populations

Literacy Resources

MUST READ! Big Idea Reading GOAL: All children reading by the end of third grade. Very interesting information about reading!!

National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center
This site, a program of the National Institute for Literacy, contains extensive information for adults with learning disabilities and links to related resources.

Learning to Read, Reading To Learn
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has posted several articles from this information kit, including Reading, The First Chapter. Principles for Learning to Read. Tips for Parents. Tips for Teachers books

Famous Dyslexic Lists On The Web

“Blessed With Dyslexia” By Stacy PoulosThis award winning web page has a list of dyslexics and links to some biographies on line. It is a great inspiration and study guide for students. Famous Dyslexics (DTV Pixs)

Learning Disability Book Resources

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

RFB&D is recognized as the nation’s leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. RFB&D offers the nonprofit sale of dictionaries, reference materials and professional books on computer disk (E-Text) and specially adapted tape players/recorders to use with their audio books. 75% of their clients have learning disabilities. Books on tape are provided free to students, partly paid for from a tax on your phone bill. (Thank you! I benefited from this in college.) 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 / Telephone: 609/542-0606The Bible On LineIt can be read on line if your have Real Player. the widest range of special needs publications in Europe

Other Organizations

Family Education Network‘s mission is to provide trusted educational information, resources, and services for families; connect parents with experts and other parents for advice, reassurance, and conversation; and empower parents to speak out on educational issues that affect their lives and the lives of their children.

Partners Resource Network, Inc. – The PATH Project is a non-profit agency serving Texas as the statewide Parent Training and Information Center. Partners provides services across the state of Texas to parents of infants, toddlers, children and youth with all types of disabilities. Partners can also provide information to parents moving to the state.

Toll-Free Resources for Adults with Learning Disabilities

American Association for Vocational and Instructional Materials 1-800-228-4689 
has an operator, available from 8:00am-5:00pm Eastern Time (ET) Monday-Friday, who provides information on educational materials (software, videos, manuals), including a listing of Category L. Modules that deal with teaching students with special needs. Products are available for purchase.

Federal Student Aid Information Center 1-800-433-3243 
Federal Financial Aid
 Hot Line accepts calls from 9am-8pm ET(Monday-Friday) and provides information on eligibility, benefits, applications and other questions about Student Aid. Voice mail directs calls during business hours.

GED Hotline 1-800-629-9433 
General Education Development (GED)
 Hotline has a 24-hour operator service that provides information on local GED classes and testing services. They have an accomodations guide for people taking the GED who have a learning disability

HEATH Resource Center 1-800-544-3284 
National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Eduction for Individuals with Disabilities (HEATH Resource Center) 
has information specialists available from 9am-5pm ET(Monday-Friday) who provide resource papers, directories, information on national organizations, and a resource directory for people with learning disabilities.

International Dyslexia Association 1-800-222-3123 
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) 
has a 24-hour voice mail service that receives information requests. From 8:30am-4:30pm ET (Monday-Friday) at (410) 296-0232, IDA staff direct people to appropriate materials about issues of dyslexia. Information is given on publications about dyslexia, referrals for testing and tutors, branches of IDA, and workshops and conferences.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 1-800-526-7324 
has a free consulting service from 8am-8pm ET(Monday-Thursday) and 8am-5pm ET(Friday) that provides information on: equipment, methods and modifications for persons with disabilities to improve their work environment. All information is specific to the disability, including learning disabilities.

Learning Resources Network (LERN) 1-800-678-5376 
has an operator service from 8am-5pm ET(Monday-Friday) that provides informaton to practitioners of adult continuing education. The also give consulting information, take orders for publications, and provide phone numbers of assocations and organizations that deal with learning disabilities.

National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 1-800-424-8567 has a voice mail system that directs calls from 8am-4:30pm ET (Monday-Friday). Operators provide information on audiocasette, large print, and Braille books and magazines for recreational reading. Callers with learning disabilities must meet certain guidelines to use these services.

National Literacy Hotline 1-800-228-8813 
Literacy Hotline has a 24-hour bilingual (Spanish/English) operator service that provides information on: literacy/education classes, GED testing services, volunteer organizations, and a learning disabilities brochure.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc. 1-800-221-4792 
has operators available from 8:30am-7:pm (Monday-Friday) who provide information on over 80,000 recorded textbooks (in 4-track cassette or computer disk) and other classroom materials, from 4th grade through post-graduate levels, available on loan; the application process and one time fee ($37.50); and the certification process. Callers with learning disabilities are eligible to participate but must complete the certification requirements.

Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1313, 1-800-325-0778 (TT) 
Representatives answer calls from 7am-7pm ET (Monday-Friday) and provide information on a wide range of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income matters. A limited number of automated services are available 24 hours a day. Bilingual (Spanish/English) services are also available.

National Library of Education at the US Office of Educational Research and Improvement 1-800-424-1616 
has an operator available from 9am-4pm ET (Monday-Friday) and provides information on statistics on education and schools, publications, references to other agencies, and references to a specialist on learning disabilities.

(Note: The information and links on this page are provided for your convenience. Golden Visions, and do not endorse any method, curriculum, treatment, program, etc. for any individuals.)