Attending the International Dyslexia Association in San Diego, CA, was energizing, informative, and thought-provoking. Connecting with persons only met through social media as well as reconnecting with seldom seen friends made for an exhilarating experience.
Being invited to do a book signing of my book at this prestigious conference was the fulfillment of a dream.
Then what did I learn? One statement that keeps playing over and over in my mind is: "It may be as difficult to enforce laws as it was/is to secure passage." We have had a mostly ignored Federal law (94.142) since the late '70's plus IDEA in 2004. As most laws specify researched based teaching methods, of which there are many, are we going to adhere to these methods with fidelity or will teaching be done by the whim of semi-trained persons?
While we have obstacles to overcome, I see a momentum as never before to bring hope and workable teaching methods to persons with dyslexia. What powerful organization Decoding Dyslexia has become! Learning Ally is utilizing volunteers to record students' textbooks. The International Dyslexia Association, for so long our main advocate, is aggressively formulating strident criteria for teacher training programs and endorsing colleges and universities that adhere to these standards. Even though research continues, we know what works in teaching persons with dyslexia. As Sally Shaywitz has said, "We don't have an information gap; we have an application gap." We know how to teach, so let's apply what we know with vigor.