The Ottawa Community News has recently published a response from Davis Facilitator Marcia Code to a series on dyslexia published a in September 2013. Marcia wrote:
“I commend the author, Jennifer McIntosh for raising awareness regarding the prevalence of dyslexia and the struggle for schools to meet the demand for testing. This is reflected in the ” Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded schools 2013,” People for Education survey which states, “74% of elementary schools in eastern Ontario reported caps on waiting lists for psycho-educational testing .” (p.21) Even with a diagnosis and accommodations, many dyslexic students find school to be a daily challenge.
“I also identify with the author’s frustration for her son James, as I was in a similar position a few years ago. My son developed an aversion to reading and writing which began in Grade 1. As I had a background in teaching, I worked with him on phonics and drilled sight words on flashcards. We also stepped up our home reading practices but despite my best efforts, it did not resolve the problem.