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1. My Education - It Should Not Be This Hard - by Jacquelyn Taylor
14-year-old Jacquelyn from Maine, USA, talks of her battles of fighting for her rights within a flawed system that isn't designed for children with learning difficulties.
2. Dyslexia and Advocacy: I Suspect my Child has Dyslexia - by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley outlines information on ways to prepare to advocate for children whose parents suspect they have dyslexia.
3. Challenges Faced by Military Children with Dyslexia - by Hilary Laxson
Hilary Laxson talks of the struggles specific to military children with dyslexia in the US and how it can be alleviated.
4. Reading by Hand - The Handwriting Link to Developing the Reading Brain- by Susan E. Miller
Susan Miller talks about the importance of teaching handwriting to children and shares the latest research on why handwriting practice is crucial to a child's developing brain.
5. The Dystinct Journey of Phoebe McAllan
The story of 14-year-old Phoebe McAllan, a sportsperson and dyslexia advocate who puts herself out there to advocate for herself and her classmates who struggle with learning.
6. Spotlight on Dyslexia Victoria Support
The story of how warrior mum Heidi Gregory set up the Dyslexia Support Victoria Facebook group and how the initiative now provides evidence-based support to over 6000 families in Victoria, Australia.
7. Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder- What We Know and What We Can Do – by Dr. Angela Webb
A comprehensive article on the impact, symptoms, assessment, types, and intervention for DCD by Dr. Angela Webb, an advisory board member of the Dyspraxia UK foundation.
8. The Dystinct Journey of Diana Correa-Cintron
Attorney and social activist, turned dyslexia advocate Diana talks of her experience raising her two boys with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
9. Does Remediation Curb Creativity/ Special Ability?- by Dr. Kerry Hempenstall
Dr. Kerry Hempenstall presents a critical evaluation of research to respond to the question 'does remediation cost our children their creative abilities?'
10. The Dystinct Journey of Lulu Pringle
The story of 12-year-old Lulu from Groesbeck, USA, who has a remarkably long list of achievements and a very positive attitude.
11. Helping Adults with Dyslexia - by Antonia Canaris
Antonia draws attention to the differences in providing intervention for adults compared to children, their unmet needs, and ways to make remediation adult friendly.
12. The Dystinct Journey of Amber Dunbar
The story of self-taught animator and YouTuber Amber Dunbar, who creates impressive animations from scratch at just 13 years old. Also covered in the story is her mum Kim Dunbar who trained to become an MSL therapist to help her daughter.
13. Supporting Students with Dyslexia for School Success Throughout the Pandemic - by Michele L. Haiken
Technology tools and strategies to help students keep up with the changing learning landscape.
14. Social-Emotional Learning to Empower Children with Learning Difficulties- by Peggy Stern
Peggy's insights into raising confident and resilient children who are empowered enough to advocate for themselves.
15. Famous people with Dyslexia - The Dystinct Journey of Peggy Stern
The story of how a dyslexic child from the '60s found her way into filmmaking and established an excellent Social-Emotional Learning platform involving child actors and a crew who are dyslexic themselves.
16. The Dystinct Journey of Emma Ruskin
The story of Emma Ruskin, the girl with dyslexia and dyscalculia who has just been accepted into medical school at UCLA and her new initiative to help connect dyslexic children worldwide.
17. Using Games to Engage Students in Mathematics - by Micheal Minas
Michael discusses the evidence behind the usefulness of games to make math engaging and how he set up his hit blog over the lockdown.
18. The Dystinct Journey of Serena
The story of 14-year-old entrepreneur Serena who is trying to raise funds to pay her band fees next year.
19. The Dystinct Journey of Max
The story of the award winning movie maker and animator Max Strebel, the boy with an amazingly positive attitude who volunteered to read out loud in class.

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About Dystinct Magazine

Dystinct Magazine seeks to find the extra ordinary that lies within the ordinary. Every dyslexic child is blessed to be distinctively different. We have set out to identify and nurture these differences to instil a strong sense of achievement in children who are often forgotten about. We also bring to you relevant up to date advice from leading experts in the industry to help you navigate the path to success.

1 in 5 children who pass through our one size fits all education system are on the dyslexia continuum, diagnosed or not. They are repeatedly dismissed as too dumb or unaidable leaving desperate parents with very few avenues to turn to. Our beautiful children are broken by the very system that is meant to nurture and raise them. These are promising young minds who are made to feel worthless over and over again because the system has failed to recognise their differences. Their struggles are often brushed under the rug or the system recognises their existence but lacks the capacity to make the changes necessary to accommodate their uniqueness.

There is a need to change the narrative around dyslexia from that of ‘slow’, ‘not working hard enough’, ‘lazy’ to one of hardworking, passionate, uniquely different and worthy.

Dystinct Magazine aims to instill a strong sense of self-worth in dyslexic children who have had unfair opportunities chipping away at their self-esteem throughout their existence. Our mission is to foster a community that celebrates the difference of dyslexia.

Not every dyslexic child is magically a genius. Oftentimes, we spend hours looking for the genius or outside the box thinking in our dyslexic kids failing to realise that it was in them all along, hidden in plain sight under the years self-doubt and shame that the society ingrained in them for not matching up to their peers. We aim to peel back at these negative layers of damaged self-esteem and provide the children with a platform to truly appreciate their uniqueness, take pride in their difference and revel in the knowledge that within their difference, lies their strength.

We are here with a commitment to empower dyslexics and their champions so that, they can discover the strengths within themselves and appreciate the uniqueness that dyslexia has offered them.

Publisher: Dystinct Magazine
Published: Quarterly
Language: English
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