the Dyslexia quest

Why Are Schools Still Struggling to Identify & Accommodate Dyslexia with Jessica Hamman

Jessica Hamman comes on to the show to talk about why so many schools struggle to identify and properly accommodate dyslexia. You will love hearing her explain and give advice on what parents can say and do to support the schools and teachers in getting the proper resources they need to help your child.

Founder of Educator Learning Lab, Jessica started her advocacy journey over 30 years ago! She grew up in a family of education professionals with a deep interest in learning disabilities (her father was a special education attorney and child advocate– and gathered the committee who helped develop the definition of dyslexia that’s accepted in most states!! and her mom was an OG therapist, trainer and professor at the Center for Dyslexia Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ!) They embarked on a journey advocating for her brother, and two decades later, Jessica found herself in a similar situation advocating for her own son. During this time she found there was such a lack of understanding surrounding dyslexia (almost as much as before!). Why was there still such a disconnect between the research to practice?! It became her mission to help bridge this gap! Listen along as we chat with this fascinating, brilliant, creative mom!

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Jessica Hamman

"Educator Learning Lab started as an advocacy journey over 30 years ago. Founder Jessica Hamman grew up in a family of education professionals with a deep interest in learning disabilities. Her father, G. Emerson Dickman III, a special education attorney and child advocate in New Jersey, was president of the International Dyslexia Association and gathered the consensus committee that wrote the definition for dyslexia accepted in most states. Her mother, Georgette Dickman, was an Orton-Gillingham therapist trainer and professor at the Center for Dyslexia Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. They became involved in the field through their journey advocating for her brother with dyslexia in the public school system. Two decades later, Jessica found her self in a similar position when she noticed her own son began showing signs of dyslexia. With all the knowledge and advancements since her parent's advocacy experience, she thought her son's situation would be much different. But as she began supporting him through school, she found there was still as much lack of understanding about dyslexia as there was before. How was it possible that all this research hadn't trickled down to practice? And why, in the age of the internet, was training so expensive and inaccessible? If teachers can't get the training they need, students suffered. In 2016, she began Educator Learning Lab, bringing her background in early literacy, education, and online instructional design to courses geared toward teachers to create that bridge from research to practice that has been missing for way too long."

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