Creator: Centre for Equitable Library Access
Date Updated: August, 19, 2022
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides content for people with print disabilities and has webinars for libraries and library staff to help them create accessible services and support the needs of their patrons with disabilities. This webinar explores how libraries can support readers with dyslexia.
- Dyslexia is defined as difficulty learning to read, write, ad spell despite having an average or above-average intelligence. This lifelong brain disorder cannot be “fixed” and is usually passed on through genetics.
- It is vital to identify dyslexia early in development and provide proper reading instruction so that children with dyslexia can learn to read. Reading is a life necessity, and if children have not mastered reading by grade 3, they will struggle with it for the rest of their life.
- Here is what libraries can do to help and support children with dyslexia:
- Create a dyslexia-friendly environment by providing a comfortable reading area with accessible materials.
- Offer accessible and relatable content. Accessible formats for children with dyslexia include Decodables, graphic novels, audiobooks, eBooks, etc.
- Provide resources for parents and community workers about how they can support and help children with dyslexia.
- Train and teach library staff about dyslexia, emphasizing awareness and sensitivity.
Centre for Equitable Library Access and Dyslexia Canada (December 22, 2020). Presented by Christine Staley. All about reading disabilities: how libraries can support readers with dyslexia. YouTube video. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emM1AOj71BQ&list=PLJRe-vA7ppDxAUNo8uMDdmVSk48zXyANm&index=15&t=63s