Adult Dyslexia

Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services.  For some individuals who have never been diagnosed, dyslexia is a hidden disability which may result in underemployment, difficulty navigating academic environments, difficulty on the job, and reduced self-confidence.  Even those who have been diagnosed are likely to struggle with reading or writing in some aspects of their lives.  Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder and does not reflect low intelligence.  There are many bright and creative individuals with dyslexia who never learn to read, write, and/or spell at a level consistent with their intellectual ability. You are not alone.

“Sandy and Mike were both in their fifties when they decided to give reading one last chance” – Video

In 2018, Dr. Pamela Mears created a short documentary, It’s Never Too Late, which shares the heartfelt story of two adults that learned to read in their fifties. This true life story of two adult siblings, Sandy Meade and Mike Herron, will inspire you and lift your spirits. With over three years of proper dyslexia instruction, both Sandy and Mike are reading and writing. They share their story as they want others to know that it is never too late to learn to read. In their words to their teacher “You created a whole new world for us after all these years of feeling left out.”  

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Self-Assessment Tool:

Do I Have Dyslexia? – International Dyslexia Association

Language and Literacy Fund:

The mission of the LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FUND is to support and strengthen the reading, spelling and writing skills of adult learners.  The Language and Literacy Fund offers literacy classes in the community college setting for those who may or may not have been diagnosed with dyslexia or other learning difference, but their literacy skills are a barrier to achieving individual success.

Portland Literacy Council:

The Portland Literacy Council (PLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports adult literacy programs, tutors, and students in the Portland metropolitan area.  PLC activities include publishing an online newsletter, sponsoring an annual volunteer tutor conference, delivering local tutor training workshops, supporting metro-area literacy programs, and awarding GED scholarships to low-income students.

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