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My dyslexia portrait: reading anxiety, fear and fatigue

Sounds funny for a writer, but it’s been impossible for me to find the right […]

Survey says: Canadian youth with mental health and learning disabilities less likely to be in school or employed

Statistics Canada has just released the results of the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities (2017). It shines a light on the prevalence and impact of mental health and learning disabilities in Canadian youth.

6 things that scare dyslexics

It isn’t scary having dyslexia. What’s scary is the lack of understanding and support for […]

Hiding in plain sight: The hidden homeless and invisible disabilities

The “hidden homeless” are hiding in plain sight. In Canada, 1 in 10 people can’t find permanent housing. They live with friends or family, sleep in cars or rooming houses. The risk of hidden homelessness is 2x greater for someone with a disability, and even higher for those with a learning disability. The statistics are alarming, and yet, the needs of those with disabilities are rendered invisible in emergency housing services and homeless shelters. How do I know? My friend Christine is going through this right now. And I’ve spent two weeks talking to people working in “the system”–many were sympathetic, but most were woefully ignorant about the connection between disabilities, unemployment, poverty and homelessness. No excuses. We–you–need to make those connections. And here’s why…

My mom, dyslexia and the #phonicsdebate

Summary: It’s nothing new that some reading experts blame parents for their children’s reading difficulties. […]

Book review: Learning to fly in Once Upon A Time A Sparrow

Have you ever looked up to see one little bird flying out of sync from […]

Book review: David Flink’s “Thinking Differently” educates and empowers

David Flink’s Thinking Differently (2014) is my favourite “parent/self help” guide to dyslexia and learning […]

Why our schools need to say dyslexia

Me at three. I remember this day clearly. I insisted on dressing myself. Mismatched mittens […]