There are so many myths surrounding what it means to have dyslexia, and unfortunately, the aspiring educator doesn’t typically learn the signs of dyslexia in a college classroom.

This presents a major problem for students with dyslexia who need specialized help to learn how to read—and for educators who need to play catch up once they realize 20 percent of their students likely have a language-based learning disability.

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When my son was diagnosed with dyslexia, there weren’t many tutors or specialists to help remediate him in my small Oregon town. My husband and I were at the forefront of our community, raising awareness and tutoring kids, right as Oregon passed legislation requiring schools to assess incoming kindergarten and first-grade students for dyslexia.

About the Author:

Angela Gibson is a dyslexia specialist for the Lighthouse School in Oregon. She can be reached at