Literacy Learning

Local Resources:

People of all ages may struggle with decoding letters and numbers on the written page, and there can be many reasons for this difficulty, including: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Selective Mutism.

Alternate/accessible formats for reading

  • Accessible Reading BC - All the ebooks in the collection are accessible using screen readers and screen magnification, refreshable braille displays, switches or other assistive technologies for people with print disabilities.
  • Libby - an easy-to-use app to access ebooks and audiobooks, for library cardholders.
  • NNELS: National Network of Equitable Library Service - digital delivery of books for library cardholders with perceptual disabilities. Contact the library for details and to register for access.
  • Overdrive is the library provider of digital resources and offers a dyslexic font option that may help some users.

Assessment: recognizing signs of struggle

  • Could it be Dyslexia? - Links to videos and online articles.
  • Misunderstood Minds (PBS) - designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding of different learning problems/processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.
  • Signs of a Reading Problem (All About Learning Press) - read about signs and causes of reading problems, including different teaching approaches.
  • Three types of ADHD (Understood website) - Starting point for assessment.
  • What is Dyslexia? (TED-Ed video) - the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same among those who experience it. Animated video based on current science, with additional links.

Development tools for parents & teachers

Further information and advocacy

  • Assistive Technology for Dyslexics: Whether you're grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you—instead of the other way around.
  • ADDitude - "inside the ADHD mind," the online magazine offers information about symptoms, treatment and resources for children and adults.
  • Dyslexia Basics (International Dyslexia Association) - Facts, signs and treatments.
  • Dyslexia Canada - a national voice and forum to advocate for all Canadian children with dyslexia.
  • Learning Disabilities Society - offers accessible, comprehensive and expert learning and related supports for students aged 3 through adult.
  • Understood - resources for parents, teachers and young adults, so that "people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."