serving the dyslexic community
in Maine, NH, and Vermont

Fall 2017 Newsletter --   Edited by J. Beaton, D. Vincent, S. Lurgio
President's Message

As the summer winds down and fall approaches, we hope that you feel rejuvenated and ready for the upcoming year. The NHIDA Board of Directors have been planning our upcoming events and would like to share legislative updates. 

NHIDA annual conference featuring William Van Cleave , “From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students of All Ages,” will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017. He is an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression - please note the change of venue to Puritan Conference & Event Center, Manchester, NH. 

January 2018, we offer our annual pre-recorded webinar, Applied Writing , featuring 24-hour access for a 2-week period from your classroom or home. Registration will be free for NHIDA members. (Members will be responsible for purchasing materials, however.)

In the Spring, we partner with the Nashua Community College to provide a lecture, centered around dyslexia. More Information to follow. 

In the fall of 2018, we are planning to bring back Ron Yoshimoto – at 2 locations: Vermont and New Hampshire! 

New Hampshire’s new dyslexia law takes effect this fall. The bill requires school districts to screen all students upon enrollment in kindergarten or first grade by November 30 of each school year beginning in 2017. To learn more, scroll down to the section on “ Update on New Hampshire's Dyslexia Law .” 

The New Hampshire Department of Education has made available the following resources:  https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/dyslexia/index.htm  

Dyslexia Resource Guide – developed by a stakeholders group

Evidenced-based Screeners and Intervention 

Three training modules with transcripts to increase the understanding of dyslexia and other related disorders:  https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/dyslexia/index.htm  

We continue to offer Experience Dyslexia Simulations . They are available to interested schools or organizations. This learning disability simulation allows participants to experience some of the challenges and frustrations encountered in the classroom or workplace. To learn more, please contact us at: info@nh.DyslexiaIDA.org  

Thank you all for your continued work with students, families and schools. We value your input and support.

Audrey Burke
NHIDA Branch President

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From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students of All Ages
 Featuring William Van Cleave, M.A. 

Friday, September 22, 2017
Puritan Conference Center
245 Hooksett Road 
Manchester, NH
(just off I-93 Exit 9S)

William Van Cleave , an educational consultant whose specialties include morphology and written expression will be the featured speaker at NHIDA's 2017 conference on September 22nd.

A high energy, enthusiastic, nationally recognized speaker, Van Cleave will deliver a full day hands-on workshop on sentence structure and paragraph/short essay writing.

Participants will leave this conference with strategies that they can use with their students on Monday plus a copy of Van Cleave's book,  Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages.  Participants teaching in public and independent schools in both individual tutorial and classroom settings have adopted his methodology.

Van Cleave's company, W.V.C.Ed, offers a large selection of outstanding, teacher-tested materials. A selection of these materials will be available for participants to peruse at the conference. For a sneak peak,  click here to view the catalog,


"How a CEO with Dyslexia and ADHD Runs His Company"

  A corporate CEO, who struggled in school and wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder until he was a graduate student in business school, has used his “handicaps” as tools for success.

Selim Bassoul wants to help others with those conditions to succeed as well.


"Retention & FAPE: What Does the Research Say?"

The subject of retention is raised frequently in public schools by both parents and teachers. A recent issue of Wrightslaw focused on this topic and provides valuable information. NH's new law requiring assessment of kindergarten and first grade students for possible reading problems should reduce the incidence of proposed “retention” for youngsters who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.
For many youngsters, it is a failure to recognize or acknowledge a possible learning disability, not immaturity, that is the root of the problem.
"CEO Credits Bookshare for Unlocking His Love of Reading"

Entrepreneur and CEO Stan Gloss loves Bookshare and says lots of entrepreneurs are dyslexics. They are used to challenges and finding creative solutions. Technology has made a huge difference for Gloss, who was diagnosed with dyslexia more than 50 years ago.

Gloss developed strategies that contributed to his success in school and business, but he’s embraced technology as a means of acquiring and sharing information. And he says it makes reading for pleasure a true pleasure.
"Technology opens new world for brothers with dyslexia"

Read about how the use of cutting edge assistive technology in the classroom can provide a real boost for students with dyslexia.

The inner workings of the dyslexic brain
Brain imaging keeps providing more and more exciting potential for helping people with dyslexia.

MIT’s Dr. John Gabrieli's most recent brain imaging shows the critical importance of New Hampshire’s new law requiring screening of kindergarten and first grade students for learning issues. The earlier the better for addressing those issues, says Gabrieli .

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Update on New Hampshire's Dyslexia Law

RSA 200:58 and RSA 200:59 are intended to focus on children who struggle learning to read based upon potential indicators of dyslexia and other related disorders. The RSAs define dyslexia, require public schools to screen for potential indicators of dyslexia no later than November 30th in kindergarten or first grade, and require school districts to provide evidenced-based, intervention strategies to address the child’s individual needs beginning no later than January 1, 2018.

RSA 200:62 required the development of a dyslexia resource guide. Crafted by a group of experts, the resource guide is designed to create an awareness of dyslexia and other related disorders. It provides information about screening and detecting young children who display associated risk factors and will assist in the implementation of age-appropriate, evidence-based intervention strategies to strengthen reading skills.

For more information on the recent activities completed by the Reading Specialists, in coordination with the New Hampshire Department of Education, as part of the "Dyslexia Law," (click here)

Dyslexia Legislative Efforts Across the Country

Proposed Dyslexia Law for Massachusett s

Massachusetts legislators last month held hearings on four bills that would provide for identification of students with dyslexia, which is not specified as a learning disability under the Commonwealth’s special education statutes.

Update on California's 2015 Dyslexia Law

T he Los Angeles Unified school board early this summer gave the district superintendent 90 days to have a plan ready this fall to train teachers in identifying and working with students with dyslexia. Under a 2015 state law, the California Department of Education is supposed to have guidance available to school districts this fall. But the board of the second-largest district in the country, told its superintendent not to wait for the state department.

Radio Broadcast - NHPR The Exchange
March 29, 2017
Anne Eaton
   Dr.Travis Harker
Renee LeCain
Marisol Vincent

Under a new state law, each year no later than November 30th, New Hampshire public schools will have to screen kindergarten and first grade students for reading difficulties.

The new “dyslexia” law is designed to identify children who are likely to need early intervention with evidence-based teaching techniques to become fluent readers.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Laura Knoy devoted an hour of The Exchange to the subject of dyslexia, speaking with the parent of a child with dyslexia, reading instructors, and a young woman with dyslexia who benefited from specific training, graduated from college and says her dyslexia is a creative advantage in her business career.

Video and Newspaper Article by Dr. Travis Hark

Dyslexia and the Brain

Dr. Guinevere Eden, director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University, explains and shows how reading is a process that changes the brain.

Dr. Travis Harker, a New Hampshire family medicine doctor, discusses learning about dyslexia through his daughter's reading struggle (see video) and his hope after her dyslexia diagnosis (see articl e).



My Turn: A father's hope after daughter's dyslexia diagnosis

A Concord father says he thought if his daughter just worked harder, did more drills, spent more time with her books, that her reading would improve and she would like school again. "My Turn: A father's hope after daughter's dyslexia diagnosis"


The Rochester School District is more than ready to implement the new dyslexia law.

Rochester School officials have a jump on most New Hampshire school districts when it comes to implementing the new “Dyslexia Law" that requires kindergarten and first grade students be screened by Nov. 30 for potential difficulties in learning to read. Rochester began such an approach in 2015, identifying at-risk students and using the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to help students with dyslexia learn to read.
For the past two years, Rochester has had 10 teachers a year go through 50 hours of training in the multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and complete a 100-hour practicum in which they work with two students each.
Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said more than 30 staff were trained in the OG approach over the past three years, with 11 more scheduled to begin training in September at the Seacoast Learning Center.
Repucci said each of the practitioners work with two children and said the OG approach “is one of the best forms of intervention.”
Heidi Zollman, the district’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment coach, who is also a certified OG practitioner, said the new law (click here)

"Maine educators learn techniques to
identify and teach children with dyslexia"

Educators from various parts of Maine completed a six week graduate course, Introduction to Dyslexia, during the summer. The course was provided through a partnership with the Maine Department of Education (DOE) Office of Special Services and the University of Maine at Farmington. The Dyslexia Coordinator at the Maine DOE, Lisa Whitis, MEd, JD, taught the course which included the benefits of early identification, evidence-based interventions and the neuroscience of reading. The Dyslexia Coordinator is available to Maine school districts to discuss professional development opportunities or to provide technical assistance on dyslexia issues.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Endrew F. v. Douglas County (Colorado) School District
Regarding Meaningful Educational Benefit and FAPE
In a March unanimous ruling on an appeal of a special education case, Endrew F. v Douglas County (Colo.) School District, the U.S. Supreme Court said IEPs for special education students need to provide for more than minimal educational improvement.

The justices rejected the ruling of the 10 th  Circuit Court in Colorado that backed the school district.

Neil Gorsuch, the President’s nominee to fill the high court vacancy who was being questioned by Senators when the ruling was announced, had ruled in favor of the school district in a similar special education suit while he was a judge on the 10 th  Circuit Court.

IDA in the News

Visit your local Sam’s Club early in September to pick up a copy of Healthy Living Made Simple , a magazine mailed to Sam’s Club members and available online and at stores across the country.

IDA partnered with Louisa Moats to write an article for the September/October issue to raise awareness about dyslexia and struggling readers. The article, which is expected to reach at least four million readers, will arrive in mailboxes by late August and will be available in stores across the country on September 1.
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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

Abled Advocacy is sponsoring a two-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp Oct. 27 and 28 in Lowell, Mass.
Friday’s focus is special education law and Saturday’s is advocacy issues.

The one-day trainings are designed for parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys. Continuing Education Units of 0.6 are available for each day for an extra fee.

NHIDA Annual Pre-recorded Webinar - January 10-24, 2018

Free registration for NHIDA members (materials not included)

Beginning Wednesday, January 10, 2018, NHIDA will offer our annual pre-recorded webinar featuring 24-hour access for a 2-week period from your classroom or home. The current selection will be Framing Your Thoughts: Applied Writing (moves from sentences to paragraph construction). Stay tuned...

 NHIDA and Nashua Community College - Spring of 2018
More Information to follow.

NHIDA Annual Conference - Fall of 2018
Ron Yoshimoto will be back for two days in 2018 --
one presentation in Vermont and
 the other in New Hampshire! 
Stay tuned for more details...

Upcoming Teacher Training Opportunities

Professional Development Day to Benefit The
Children's Dyslexia Center

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dysgraphia - Diagnosis and Remediation
Presenter: Dr. Elaine Holden
Identification and Remediation of Dysgraphia
 This workshop will focus on understanding the transcription problem we call dysgraphia. A review of the underlying processes that impact a student’s written output as well as how to identify dysgraphia and its impact on executive function will be covered. Remedial techniques focusing on instruction of guidelines for penmanship to remediate motor problems will be conducted followed by discussion on how these challenges, coupled with orthographic coding, create a barrier to learning for many children in school. We are offering the option of registering online or by mail.

Stern Center Professional Learning 2017 Fall Catalog
The   Professional Learning team   at the Stern Center for Language and Learning is   excited to present their 2017 Fall Catalog, which includes both fall and spring offerings in the areas of structured literacy and social learning.
These workshops and courses - 
· provide relevant, useful information and resources for parents and educators
· promote strategies and best instructional practices
· continue to be recommended by former participants
Also in this catalog is a full list of  prerecorded webinars  available for purchase and viewable at any time, making them a convenient learning tool you can utilize in the comfort of your own home.
If you have any questions while reviewing the catalog, please email   proflearning@sterncenter.org .

2017 IDA National Conference 

Atlanta, Georgia

November 8-11, 2017
 November 8-11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Atlanta

   Orton Oak status is conferred upon
 individuals who have been IDA members
for 25 years or longer. 

  NHIDA is grateful to its  Orton Oaks and to these other long-term members for their steadfast commitment to the organization .  

   Are you a teacher, parent, individual with dyslexia, professional, school, or other organization?

Become a member of IDA today!  

The benefits of membership vary
according to membership level,
Are you a service provider?  
Become a member at the professional level and have your name/business included in NHIDA's provider list. 
Are you a runner? Would you like to train to be a runner? A great way to turn your running into a way to educate people about dyslexia and raise funds for IDA and NHIDA is to train and run for TeamQuest.

If you would like to turn your running into a way to educate people about dyslexia and raise funds for IDA, email us at contact.nh@dyslexiaida.org .  

You can find information on upcoming running events, as well as virtual participation opportunities, by clicking here for TeamQuest.


NHIDA's Board of Directors consists of up to 15 individuals who serve on a volunteer basis for 2 or 3 year terms. Members of the Board are guided and assisted in their work by former Directors who serve on the Advisory Board .
2017 Board Officers:

President : Audrey Burke, Bow, NH
Past President : Anne Eaton, Concord, NH
Vice President : Michelle Stinson, Hanover, NH
Secretary : Rebecca Nelson-Avery, Manchester, NH
Treasurer : Anne Eaton, Concord, NH

2017 Members at Large:

Jayne Beaton, Amherst, NH
 Leslie Benton-Norris, Manchester, NH
Shannon Dixon-Yandow, Essex Junction, VT
Anne Ehret, Arlington, VT
Kara Garvey-Knapp, East Dummerston, VT
Valerie Leuchter, Barnstead, NH 
Sue Lurgio, Dunbarton, NH
Michael Patten, Westfield, MA
Sandy Roberts, Gilford, NH
Dale Vincent, Concord, NH

Advisory Board:

Aileen Cormier, Amherst, NH
Melissa Farrall, St. Albans, VT
Claudia Golda-Dominguez, Hudson, NH
Renee LeCain, Sandown, NH
Beth McClure, Canterbury, NH
Sue Morbey, Amherst, NH
E. Bette Nelson, Manchester, NH
Caryl Patten, Bedford, NH
P.O. Box 3724, Concord, NH 03302-3724
(603) 229-7355 (to leave a message)