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Re: DIS-FORUM Digest - 30 Oct 2019 to 31 Oct 2019 (#2019-98)

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Sharon Boyce <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear teachers, parents, librarians, members, friends

Would it be possible to send this out into your networks to help let people know about my recent publication of my Discovering Dyslexia book that was launched last week by the Disability and Education Ministers in Queensland. I am just wanting to let you know about my recent book that has been launched about dyslexia - Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions (2019) – Educational Resource - ISBN - 9780958161039. Check out more detail on the web and how to directly order the book www.discoveringdisability.com.au
Or email me at [log in to unmask]
Will be available as an e-book soon. Also at the University Book Shop and Dymocks in Toowoomba.
It is a one of a kind book that is based around simulations about dyslexia and personal story about dyslexia and some of the solutions that have helped with the processing of knowledge. When I spoke to you last year I had originally produced and packaged this last year as a resource kit that has a variety of information about dyslexia from both a professional and educational perspective. However, I was advised by a number of individuals it would be better for libraries and schools to reproduce this as a hard copy fully bound A4 full colour text book. I have done this and included and adapted everything that was in the original kit. Therefore, the book is highly durable and very usable across a very wide group of people. It is aimed at a very wide variety of audiences and explores many different solutions to the problems that exist with dyslexia. It is a practical hands-on guide with many generated examples of what Dyslexia looks like and how it may feel to have dyslexia. It does not claim that all of the solutions will work for every person, but what it does do is offer practical ideas that may help with the processing of words and numbers. I have not discounted anything that may help. There is not a lot of funding available in this area so I have also tried to explore many cost effective ways that may just help a little.

The book is aimed at anyone who wants to find out about Dyslexia. Parents of children with dyslexia, individuals with dyslexia and teachers and educators across all year levels. It is divided into 10 clear chapters that are numbered and named. It is printed on buff coloured paper so it has high readability for individuals with dyslexia. It tries to showcase many of the practical solutions in its own design. It experiments with colour and has simulations of plastic coloured overlay sheets included as well as different coloured examples of photocopying pages, so people can experiment with different simulations of what other people experience when they read. The content is very informative and explains the history of dyslexia, what it is, and how it impacts on people across Australia and across the world.

This is an educational resource but it is a practical guide that everybody who reads it will benefit from. It is aimed at a very wide audience from six years to a hundred and six years. The examples of what dyslexia looks like for some people creates understanding and conversation for all readers. This is a resource that will be much used in your library, school or for general reading. Nobody knows what somebody else sees – This book brings some of the experience of dyslexia to life. Check out more detail on the web and how to directly order the book www.discoveringdisability.com.au


Solutions are explored and demonstrated in the presentation of this book. Text is printed clearly and spaced well with different examples of how to best present text. Font and style are printed on buff coloured paper. Images and text are clear and work together well. It is 324 pages long in full colour with high quality paper and a hard cover.
If you are interested in buying a copy for your library or school, please just return email or phone 0417 708 945 to order a copy. Or you could fill in an order form which is attached to this email.

Special release price - $95 postage included.
10 copies or over receive a 10% discount. (Negotiable)

This is a resource that will appeal to a very wide audience. Easy and clear to read.
The author also has strong credentials across this area of literacy and numeracy and inclusion.
Very useful and practical resource.
Could I send you one of my books for you to have a look at? I really would love your help with this project. Do you have any ideas or anything else I need to do?


Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.
Kind regards
Sharon Boyce
Discovering DisAbility & Diversity
Institute of Inclusive Education and Research
Disability Training Institute
USQ - Toowoomba
0417 708 945 
www.discoveringdisability.com.au 

Winner of the
USQ Outstanding Alumnus of the Year & Individual Community Service Award 2016
Local Hero Award 2015 for Community Inclusion Participation and Resilience Strategies from the Department of Communities South West and Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award 2013 and Queensland Regional Achievement Award 2012
and

Australian Human Rights Award for Individuals 2008

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Boyce
Sent: Monday, 4 November 2019 1:35 AM
To: Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.
Subject: RE: DIS-FORUM Digest - 30 Oct 2019 to 31 Oct 2019 (#2019-98)

‘Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions - a resource and information guide for students, teachers, parents, and educators.’
Author - Sharon Boyce

I am really excited about this dyslexia book. It is an encyclopaedia of dyslexia and what it means and how it has been seen through history; But it is a whole lot more than that...

It presents a whole new way to understand what dyslexia is and what it actually means for people who experience it. It uses examples as simulations of real texts to create a feeling of the frustration and the way information is processed for a person with dyslexia. It can be used in so many different ways. It depends on your role as to what you want to gain from the book or how you want to use it, to either help yourself or to help others or both! The printing company sent me a couple of pictures of the completed print run and I think the book looks bright and inviting for the reader. There is really nothing else like this resource and it can be used in so many ways. I love the fact it is easy to read and I love the reactions I get from people who have used this and really benefited from it. I love the fact that it is all hands on.

You can check it out and order it at www.discoveringdisability.com.au


My best reaction has been from a family of a teenager with dyslexia. The dad thought his son was not interested in doing homework and avoided improving and working through his lessons each night. There was nightly conflict. His mum was working at the school tuckshop and saw me using the resource with teachers. She asked me whether she could borrow the book and take it home to show her husband what their son actually saw when he was trying to read or complete his homework.
The result was a dad who really respected his son and the difficulty he had when he was trying to work through his homework every night. Instead of conflicts and criticism the dad had an empathy and some understanding of what was happening for his boy every time he tried to complete what he was asked by the teacher. The outcome was one of collaboration and care. This is what I aim to achieve with this book and the strategies that I encourage individuals to take on. It is a practical guide to understand dyslexia. Hands-on activities and different support strategies are also explored is in the appendices.

It was very exciting to finally launch my A4 stand alone, hard copy book of ‘Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions’. This was originally designed as a kit and has now been collated into a go to guide book full of information about dyslexia. The book answers lots of the questions about dyslexia that we all want to know. The book has been written in simple English and has been printed on non-glossy paper so it is easy to read for people who have dyslexia and really for everybody. The book contains lots of pictures to support the written text. It also is only left hand justified. The book has been written over the past 10 years and is a collection of data from my own research as well as information from hundreds of participants that have been a part of my disability awareness workshops over that time. It is their stories and their shared experiences that have helped shape this collection of knowledge. It is also based around the premise of all of my work that experiential understanding is the key to real learning. We can have all the head knowledge from text books, but without practical lived understanding real knowledge will not be as strong. We want to see how other people see and this book tries to replicate that to some extent so we all have some understanding of what is happening for a person who has dyslexia.

I have not left out any solutions or ideas that I have discovered over time that may help somebody with dyslexia to be able to read better or easier. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another but I do not want to miss something that may help change a person’s life. I have tried to make sure I have covered all areas about dyslexia and from all angles. Some solutions seem so simple while others are more complex. I guess this is the same with life and I think that we need to make sure that we don't dismiss something because we don't think it will work.

The book is easy to read with many pictures and examples of dyslexia. It is good for teachers, educators, parents, students and in fact anybody who wants to learn more about what dyslexia is and also try and find some solutions as to what happens and what might help. There is no quick fix but if we understand and have some ideas about problems with reading we may be able to have more conversation about dyslexia and also demystify what is happening for so many people in our world. It has been a privilege to work with so many teachers and students while I have been researching this topic. I have learned so much and been able to explore what other individuals see and link experiential understanding to practical learning.

The book is a how-to guide for everybody and anybody who has ever wondered about dyslexia or is affected by dyslexia in some way. There are examples of what dyslexia feels and looks like. There are a huge variety of solutions that are explored and demonstrated. It is very hands on with many simulations and a variety of page types and colours with which the reader can engage and explore issues further.

The book will be available in the online shop or by emailing me directly. The cost of the book is $95. The book is made up of 10 chapters plus Appendices that explore dyslexia historically, as well as educationally. There are chapters that immerse the reader in an experience of feeling what dyslexia is like and there are also chapters that recreate what dyslexia looks like for some people. It does not claim to have every answer to dyslexia but what it does is try to capture what it feels like to have dyslexia and have to participate in our everyday world. It also explains what dyslexia is and creates a real understanding of what is happening for people and suggests some practical solutions.

To order the books you will just need to return email me at [log in to unmask]
I will also have an area online on my website at www.discoveringdisability.com.au where you will be able to order the books as well.
You will need to give me your name and postal address via email or if it is easier directly order from the website through PayPal.

Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.
Kind regards
Sharon Boyce
Discovering DisAbility & Diversity
Institute of Inclusive Education and Research
Disability Training Institute
USQ - Toowoomba
0417 708 945 
www.discoveringdisability.com.au 

Winner of the
USQ Outstanding Alumnus of the Year & Individual Community Service Award 2016
Local Hero Award 2015 for Community Inclusion Participation and Resilience Strategies from the Department of Communities South West and Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award 2013 and Queensland Regional Achievement Award 2012
and

Australian Human Rights Award for Individuals 2008


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Topics of the day:

1. Hearing aid users (2)

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Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:20:38 +0000
From: Claire Wickham <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Hearing aid users

Hi,

as part of the construction of new building at UWE, we are looking at the best solution for hearing aid users. If anyone has any advice or pointers, please let me know. In particular, I am looking for information on student preferences (hard wired induction loop vs portable devices) and how to manage equipment so it is reliable and staff use it effectively.

Hoping to learn from best practice around the country,

Claire
ECI Team
UWE

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Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:52:56 -0000
From: Bryan Coleman <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Hearing aid users

Hi Claire,

We currently use infra-red systems at Sheffield (less likely to be damaged or broken by maintenance work, no 'spillage' issues etc) but are currently looking at the MobileConnect system:
https://en-uk.sennheiser.com/mobileconnect-smartphone-hearing-system-app

No decision has been made yet but my understanding is that this could be a big improvement for hearing aid users - allowing them to control volume etc via an app on their own phone. The one issue that might crop up is the need for reliable wifi.

Best wishes,

Bryan


Bryan Coleman

Head of Disability & Dyslexia Support Service
Student Support Services
University of Sheffield

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/disability



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From: Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff. <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Claire Wickham
Sent: 31 October 2019 16:21
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Subject: Hearing aid users

Hi,

as part of the construction of new building at UWE, we are looking at the best solution for hearing aid users. If anyone has any advice or pointers, please let me know. In particular, I am looking for information on student preferences (hard wired induction loop vs portable devices) and how to manage equipment so it is reliable and staff use it effectively.

Hoping to learn from best practice around the country,

Claire
ECI Team
UWE

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