Dyslexic Learners Learn Differently

"For anyone supporting a Dyslexic Learner on their journey  toward print literacy, a thorough understanding of the neurological differences between a Dyslexic Learner and a typical reader is essential. It is not enough to know that there is a neurological difference. We need to know what this neurological difference means, and how it impact on the Dyslexic Learner. The one comment you will frequently hear from adult Dyslexic  Learners is " My spelling is hopeless, I would be lost without spellchecker."  In this digital age maybe we could be radical enough to insist  that our young dyslexic learners be given accommodations to allow them to use "voice to text" technology whenever they need to write. The term "word blindness" was use to describe dyslexia when doctors first defined it in the late 19th century. We would never deprive sight-impaired learner of their glasses. Surely a spelling aide is as equally important for Dyslexic Learners!!

"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is a failure". - Albert Einstein

Scientific and Educational Research

" Genetic Research has identified a gene that appears to be an indicator of Dyslexia, therefore confirming that Dyslexia runs in families."

In 1982 Dr. Sally Shaywitz's research identified the neurological differences of Dyslexic Learners.
The neurological pathways for a successful reader are the two activated areas in the left occipital temporal region (these regions are not activated for dyslexic learners) The left occipital temporal regions are responsible for word building skills (phonics)and automatic word recognition skills. Under activation or no activation in these regions contribute to the delayed literacy development for Dyslexic Learners... who need to forge new pathways and neural regions to accommodate the learning of these vital skills. Dyslexic learners never overcome dyslexia even when they become proficient readers because they are utilizing compromised pathways to acquire their literacy skills.

Advocacy, Action and Support

Bendigo and Surrounding Areas

Upcoming Events

"October is International Awareness Month."

October 4th 2018 @6 pm for Silent Auction and 7pm Fundraising Movie " Crazy Rich Asians" @ Star Cinema. www.starcinema.org.au

October 21st 2018. Family Picnic in Rosland Park, Bendigo bring along your red paper plane! 

About us

"Proudly Dyslexic" has risen "like the phoenix" after the founding members of "BOLD - Bringing Opportunities to those who Learn Differently" decided to close the group late 2017. BOLD'S founding parents - Judy Stewart and Kerry Holt, together with numerous supporting parents and professionals, working together over the 12 years, are to be congratulated for their dedication, promoting community awareness, through a range of educational events and workshops.

"Proudly Dyslexic" aims to continue in BOLD's footsteps, with an additional passionate campaign to support Dyslexic Learners living in Central Victoria more directly - hence Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.
The greatest challenge for Dyslexic Learners is maintaining a positive and confident belief in themselves and their abilities- in the face of all the pressure to achieve the goal of print literacy. So many are perplexed and deeply humiliated by their struggles, especially when they are surrounded by peers who are achieving print literacy with ease. 

Even adult Dyslexic Learners will use "every trick in the book" to conceal their difficulties, hide their "shame".