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Dyslexia Network a support outlet for parents

Next meeting scheduled Tuesday night

POSTED: February 24, 2014 12:04 a.m.

FORSYTH COUNTY — For a parent of a dyslexic child, navigating resources and tools can be overwhelming. That’s why Paul West, assistant director of special education for the local school system, started the Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County.

The network’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Board of Education Building, room 380, off Hwy. 9.

Of the school district’s 5,000 students with disabilities, more than 1,200 fall under the category of learning disabilities, largely comprised of dyslexic students. Some just need a little more time to take tests, while others may require specialized instruction and an individualized education plan.

“It’s so confusing, that’s why we wanted to start this group,” West said. “My phone is always ringing with somebody that wants to move to the area, [asking about] what resources are here and how do they get help through the school ... we have a really good group of parents in the community who come together.”

The organization just marked its first anniversary and dozens of families with students suffering from the learning disability participate in its monthly meetings.

Meetings include presentations on resources, as well as a chance for parents to visit and share what’s worked for them.

“It’s about parents supporting other parents at home with raising students that have learning problems and having to deal with the emotions and frustration,” West said.

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