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    The Irlen Method uses precision-tinted coloured overlays and filtered lenses. The Irlen Method employs advanced spectrometer technology meeting strict standards of colour balancing for colour correction to correct light frequencies which are not processed correctly by those who suffer from Irlen Syndrome.

    NEWS ALERT November 16, 2015

    Rasha Anwar Continues to Expand Irlen Acceptance and Awareness in Egypt
    Irlen Distortions Video is Translated into Arabic. After presenting to the Kayan Foundation for Special Needs, Rasha found support from the head of the foundation, who translated the Irlen Distortions video into Arabic, after being so impressed with the information that was provided.
    Awareness Event at a Local Sports Club Highlights Irlen-Related Depth Perception and Spacial Awareness Issues. Simple and fun competitions were chosen to show attendants how visual perception can affect playing sports. Local coaches were invited to attend.
    Egyptian Media Takes Note and Helps Spread the Word. The Egyptian Irlen Awareness Conference was covered by local media (WATCH SHOW NOW) and Rasha was also interviewed on one of the most popular ladies programs on satellite TV satellite (WATCH SHOW NOW).

    Reports From Irlen Awareness Week Continue to Come In
    You continue to write in and share with us all the wonderful awareness success you have had, so we want to continue to share what we've heard with all of you!
    Australia. Bill Spooner, Irlen Diagnostician in Queensland, Australia, gave a presentation to parents and teachers from a cluster of primary schools in Far North Queensland at Wonga Beach State School. The principal from the largest school in the district brought his entire staff to attend. The next day, Bill screened students who were not responding to learning support and to in-service the learning support teachers. He was then invited to make another one day visit to one of the other schools in the cluster to screen and in-service teachers. Bill then spent two days at Mossman State School to screen students and to provide support and advice to learning support staff. This is being followed by a written report to the school making recommendations for the 2016 school year. The school has invited him back to assist with this again next year.
    Australia. Heather Coleman, Irlen Diagnostician in Queensland, Australia, has been very active. Congratulations. During Irlen Awareness week, her Facebook page was viewed 1019 times. To read about her activities, visit on-1494087167518056/
    Australia. During Irlen Awareness Week, Karen England, Irlen Director in Australian Capital Territory, Australia, addressed a free seminar on Irlen Syndrome and Learning Difficulties to the area of the South Coast of NSW from Tathra up to Ulladulla. It was well attended from the local school teachers, principals, and parents. She had advertising on the radio to advise people of the event for two weeks prior to the 20th October. It was highly successful, and she has already started booking teachers in for training as Screeners, as well as having some parents booking their children in for Assessments.
    Greece. Vangelis Bochatziar, Irlen Director in Greece, conducted the 5th Panhellenic day held in Athens which was devoted to the ISAW. All of the attendees were absolutely enthusiastic, surprised with the videos and his visual perception tasks which helped to create awareness of Irlen symptoms. He read the experiences of Irlen sufferers while gradually changing print and background color so that each of the attendees were able to feel the change, along with the emotions they felt hearing how Irlen people suffer. There were 340 attendees and 350 on the waiting list. Because of the financial crisis in Greece, the event was nonprofit and everyone was very enthusiastic and pleased. The clapping at the close of Vangelis’s presentation was so loud, intense, and long that he could not speak. Many individuals told Vangelis that his presentation made them cry. It is a wonderful confirmation to know that people recognize and feel the pain of those with Irlen. Below is a picture of the audience.
    USA. This fall, Cathryn Hay, PhD, Irlen Director in Wichita, Kansas, began advertising with the local PBS station, had a proclamation signed by the Wichita City Council for Irlen Awareness Week, and has begun serving soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, who heard about Irlen from the Atlanta Amen Clinic. Cathie has signed up for Tricare Insurance in order to further help soldiers in a medical service bureau. She has begun an Irlen Clinic of Wichita Facebook page and urges all of you to "like" the page! She has applied for an Irlen-W license plate for her car.
    USA. Judy Palapala, Irlen Director in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave a presentation at two schools: Creton-Derham Hall, a Catholic High School, and International Spanish Academy as she has students wearing Irlen Spectral Filters at each school. Judy also spoke at the Closing the Gap International Conference to an enthusiastic and engaged audience!

    New Irlen Clings(TM) For Computers, iPads, eReaders, and More

    We know you iPad and iPhone users were really jealous when we came out with our Digital Overlay for Android Devices. And, we know you've been asking for overlays you can use on other electronic screens, like computers and eReaders. We're thrilled to announce the release of Irlen Clings(TM) - colored overlays for electronic devices, including computer screens, eReaders, iPhone and iPad! For a limited time only, when you purchase an Irlen Cling(TM), we're giving away a free regular overlay of the same color! Our new Irlen Clings(TM) are available in our 4 most popular overlay colors (blue-grey, turquoise, aqua, and purple). Place multiple Clings side-by-side for large computer screens, or trim your Cling to fit your iPhone or iPad. Irlen Clings have an optical-grade clear adhesive that is removable and reusable and won't leave any residue on your screen. Irlen Clings(TM) are only available at the Irlen Store.

    Other Noteworthy News

    Study: Are Repetitive Drills an Effective Teaching Tool?
    Repetitive drills may prevent students with autism from generalizing learning and applying new skills to real-world settings, according to a study published in Nature Neuroscience. “Our conclusion is that breaks in repetition allow the visual system some time to rest and allow autistic individuals to learn efficiently and to then generalize,” said New York University’s David Heeger, who worked on the study. Disability Scoop (10/13)

    CDC Reports on Rates of ADHD Among Foster Care Children
    CDC researchers found children in foster care were three times as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, compared with the general population. The findings, presented at the AAP’s annual meeting and based on 2011 Medicaid data from across the U.S., revealed that more than 1 in 4 foster care children, ages 2 to 17, were diagnosed with ADHD, compared with 1 in 14 of those not in foster care, and about half of foster care children with the disorder also had anxiety, depression, or oppositional defiant disorder. HealthDay News (10/23)

    SFA Phonics Reading Program
    In 2010, the Success for All Foundation (SFAF) was awarded a $50 million Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the grant, an independent evaluation examined the impact of the Success for All (SFA) reading program over three years. In conclusion, the authors say, "The findings show that, SFA reliably improves the decoding skills of students in kindergarten through second grade, and that it is especially beneficial for students who begin in the lower half in these skills."

    Later School Start Times for Teens Could Optimize Academics and Safety
    In 2014, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that secondary schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to accommodate teenagers' changing biological sleep cycles, which dictate later sleeping and waking times. The AAP cited studies finding that teens who don't get enough sleep demonstrate poor academic performance and a higher risk of auto accidents. Further, getting the nine hours of sleep recommended for teens becomes a challenge in adolescence when sleep cycles make it difficult for teens to fall asleep before 11:00 p.m.
    A group of sleep researchers from Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Nevada recommended that school start times for teens should synchronize with their biology, ideally calling for classes to start at 10:00 a.m. for 16-year-olds and 11:00 a.m. for 18-year-olds. They stated that a 7:00 a.m. wake time for teens is equivalent to a 4:30 a.m. wake time for a teacher in their 50s. The authors explained that the biological changes requiring teens to both sleep and wake later coupled with the early start times of most schools in the U.S. leads to 2-3 hours of sleep loss every day. This amount of sleep deprivation hinders memory, metabolism, and psychological health.

    Therapeutic Riding Program Enhances Academic, Motor Skills
    Kansas students with autism who also are nonverbal are developing various skills in a weekly therapeutic riding program. Paid for by grants and fundraising, the program offers a specialized curriculum that uses work with the horses to teach literacy, communication and motor skills. Full Story: The Joplin Globe (Mo.) (tiered subscription model)

    Federal Guideline Names Dyslexia as a Learning Disability
    The U.S. Department of Education has issued a guidance to states and districts clarifying that dyslexia and related disorders qualify as learning disabilities under federal law. Advocates are pushing for greater awareness of dyslexia because they say some districts won’t use the label and will provide reading interventions that don’t address needs of students with the disorder. Education Week (tiered subscription model)

    CDC Reports on Possible Over Diagnosis of Autism in US Children
    A probability-based national survey involving 1,607 children who are currently diagnosed and previously were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ages 6 to 17, revealed a possible over diagnosis of the disorder. CDC researchers reported in the journal Autism that 13% of the children ever diagnosed with ASD had “lost” the diagnosis, and 74% of the parents of these children believed that new information was the reason behind the change. News (10/26)

    We Get Emails
    Hello. After taking the Self-Test for Irlen Syndrome, I realized I am light sensitive and am now hopeful that I can get some help with my light sensitivity. This has been affecting me since childhood; and Brownie cameras. I always hated the flash--it hurt me and no one believed me. I discovered a major sensitivity to fluorescent lighting--it makes me exhausted. I have had to leave buildings where I actually lost most of my energy. Recently I began a Medical Assisting program at a community college. Again, after a four hour class, I am soooo tired that I want to lie down on the floor. I realized that it was, again, the fluorescent lights making me so tired. There are lots of reasons for a 62 year old to be tired, but it is not normal for me. I usually have a lot of energy, even considering hormone levels and diabetes. I am so excited to read that colored lenses may help with light sensitivity and fatigue. I would really appreciate help with this life-long problem. Thank you.

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