gHello the Today is Monday July 11.
Can you imagine seeing some of the letters in this newsletter upside down or upside down? Or maybe the text seems to jump on the page? Or not to distinguish between certain letters?
I know I can’t imagine how that must feel.
Today’s topic is particularly important to me as someone who has been a teacher and has had several students with special educational needs: learning disabilities. And did you know that up to 20% of the American population suffers from dyslexia? This makes it the most common learning disability. Children and adults with dyslexia can learn to read through early screening, early diagnosis, evidence-based early reading intervention and appropriate accommodations, BUT if people don’t have the support they need, it could have life-changing repercussions. Researchers have found links between reading disorders and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Governor Gavin Newsom is dyslexic and has been pushing for more support for dyslexic students. But the state is uncompromising in its approach to helping students with dyslexia. So how well can students with dyslexia in Southern California be screened and supported, from infancy through college? How does this help vary by race and income?
Throughout August, our education team will guide you through a series of stories that show how dyslexia affects students in Southern California across the educational continuum – from early childhood to higher education. .
Before we explore this even deeper, we want to hear from you. Are you a K-12 student or a student with dyslexia? Are you the parent of a dyslexic student or are you dyslexic yourself? Do you teach or provide educational services to students with dyslexia? We would be grateful if you complete our survey.
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We’ve already heard from a few people so far, like Katie, mother of a dyslexic child.
“My eldest was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with dyslexia. We paid for a private psycho-educational assessment to have her diagnosed. When we went to school when she was in kindergarten with concerns about her reading, the principal told us that some children don’t learn to read until grade 5 or 6 and that’s good. They told us that she met all grade level standards and was doing well. This despite the fact that by the end of kindergarten she only knew four of her letters and their sounds.
There are many more stories like this – of parents feeling ignored by school districts, struggling to navigate bureaucracy, paying big bucks for tests. One mother even sent her child to a camp in Kentucky because she couldn’t find enough support in her local school district.
Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and share your stories with us.
As always, stay happy and healthy, friends. There’s more news below the fold.
What else you need to know today
- The new 6th street bridge was unveiled this weekend. The crew who built the bridge was one of the largest women’s teams on any public works project in the country, according to officials. Council member Kevin de León said he hopes the bridge will be as iconic of Los Angeles as the Hollywood Sign or the Griffith Observatory.
- From now on, LA County health officials expand eligibility for monkeypox vaccines to include more high-risk groups, in addition to those who have already tested positive or been exposed to monkeypox.
- If, like me, you like working in cafes and have already made your way our crowdsourcing list of LA’s best neighborhood cafeshere is a new challenge for you: LA Taco has a list of Latin cafes try.
- LISTEN: In case you need a little motivation for Monday, the last episode of Snooze was released today. This is a podcast where host Megan Tan helps you do the things you’ve always been putting offsimply asking yourself “Why?” »
- Many of us know that setting boundaries is good for our mental health in theory, but struggle to do so in practice. Here’s how to change that.
Before leaving… ICYMI people were outside!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be doing something a little different here in our newsletter. Yes, it’s true. I add a little special spice. Each day I will have a special theme for the Before You Go section. I would love to hear your feedback. Please write to me and let me know what you think of my ideas.
On Mondays, I bring you what was trending on social media in Los Angeles. Let’s check Twitter to see what was happening this weekend in the town of Angelenos.
Alright, if you don’t know by now, I love partying with melancholy beautiful people. Yesterday I went to Everyday people partya live cultural music event experience that began in New York in 2012. It is designed to celebrate blackness and the African diaspora. It’s a safe and welcome space for ALL identities to just enjoy and have a good time. I always see celebrities when I go there. Janelle Monáe usually hangs out at the EP. I have already seen Diddy, Sarunas Jackson, Jidenna and some actors from Bel-Air there. Yesterday I chatted with my girlfriend Ari Lennox (it was the second time I met her. If I meet her a third time, we must definitely be friends).
Three miles of Western Avenue in South Los Angeles were closed to vehicular traffic and opened to walkers, skaters and cyclists during CicLAvia this past Sunday. This was an event that allows people to experience a free and easy way to get around the city without the safety and environmental hazards that cars bring. Check out this really cool vehicle!
6th Street Bridge
Guess what’s open now, my friends? The largest bridge project in the city’s history: the 6th Street Viaduct! It connects the Arts District to Boyle Heights. The last bridge was closed in 2016 due to fears that the old bridge might not withstand an earthquake. The inauguration of the new bridge took place on Friday evening. Here are some pictures of the bridge.
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