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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 19, 2014

    Irlen Awareness Week Celebrated in Israel
    Shouky Elad, Irlen Director in Israel, had a very busy and successful Irlen Awareness Week. According to Shouky, “It was a special week and a special experience.” She has shared some of her activities below:

  • Shouky was a guest on a morning talk show and was interviewed about Irlen Syndrome.
  • She was interviewed shortly for the "galatz" radio station. There was also a testimonial of Dikla, a woman who was diagnosed with Irlen eight years ago and it changed her life.
  • There was an article published on the "ynet" website. There was a short article published in the religious newspaper Yated Neeman (in the health section), and Shouky was interviewed for a longer article which should be published soon.
  • Soon she will be having an interview in a religious women's magazine.
  • She held three Irlen conferences during Irlen Awareness Week. The first was in the auditorium of David Yalin's College. There were great responses, both from the audience and from the academic peers. Then on 26 October, she held an evening for religious women in Beytar Illit which sparked great interest. The third Irlen conference was on 3 November at the Leonardo Hotel in Beer Sheva.
  • Next week Shouky will be giving a lecture in Kfar Saba for educational psychologists.
  • Shouky has made a short video about Irlen in Hebrew which has been uploaded to YouTube.

    New Centre in Muscat, Oman, Raises Awareness
    Muscat Daily staff writer
    November 02, 2014

    The White Hands Center for Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation, which offers specialised rehabilitation for people with disabilities in Muscat, is making efforts to spread awareness about the little-known Irlen Syndrome, a perceptual dysfunction that is related to the brain. Those affected by the syndrome may suffer from light sensitivity and also find it difficult to read printed text.
    As part of its awareness drive, the centre on Friday conducted a free screening for the syndrome at Muscat City Centre. Over 100 people got themselves checked and 35 tested positive for the syndrome. “Our aim is to make people in Oman more aware about this syndrome,” said Aisha Baabood, Executive Director of White Hands Center for Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation, which opened in March this year. "It was about time that we had something here in Oman,” said Aisha. After spending time in Europe trying to treat her son for various disabilities, she decided to open a centre in Oman that specialized in treating this syndrome, among other disabilities.
    Treatment for Irlen Syndrome involves the use of special coloured glasses or coloured transparent paper placed over printed text. Every affected person has a colour with which he/she perceives things normally, said Aisha, adding that she and her son also suffered from this problem.
    Though 46 percent of autistic children in the world and 12 percent of the global population are affected by this syndrome, there is lack of awareness among doctors, teachers and parents, she said. Students who are classified as having learning disabilities are especially vulnerable to having this syndrome, she added.
    "Our goal is to train school teachers,” she said. “We don't want people to just rely on us.” Schools should also accommodate such students.
    The centre will have an official opening in December.
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    Recognition Certificates For Irlen Presentations
    Three young Australian Irlen clients, Oscar, Sharni, and Charlie, presented to various classes at their school for Irlen Awareness Week. Their presentation was captured and placed on YouTube. The pictures are of the children holding the certificates made for them by Gloria Thomas, Irlen Australian Director, and presented to them by their principal at the school assembly in front of the whole school. The first photo is of Oscar whose mother is an Irlen Screener and daughter of Irlen Diagnostician Jan Male. The children were very surprised and very proud that they received acknowledgement for their work.

    Bulletproof Diet Book Coming Soon
    Dave Asprey has always been a big supporter of Irlen, regularly sharing with the world what Irlen Spectral Filters can do to change lives. Dave and his Bulletproof phenomenon also changes lives, helping individuals optimize their bodies and their brains to reach their full potential. Now Bulletproof is coming out with their new guide on how to fuel your body to achieve success, and we thought you should know about it.

    In his just-released new book, “The Bulletproof Diet", Dave Asprey turns foods like real butter, chocolate and coffee into an irresistible daily diet that kills cravings and doesn't leave you hungry.
    And if you don’t know Dave, believe me: He’s not just telling you want you want to hear to sell books: In fact, he cites 229 scientific studies in the book (on top of his own 15 years and $300,000 worth of personal research).
    Plus, you’ll quickly see that The Bulletproof Diet is much more than “just” a diet that finally lets you stop starving yourself just to get results. You’ll also discover…

  • The truth about “counting calories” – what scientists say you should do instead. Page 42 The 5 best foods to eat right before bed to fall asleep fast (and wake up bursting with energy)… Page 95
  • A doctor’s secret for getting better results than ever at the gym – in just one 20-minute once-a-week workout… Page 120
  • 8 “Kryptonite” foods to avoid at all costs (three of them are fruits)… Page 182
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    When you do, remember to forward a copy of your receipt to and Dave will even hook you up with a complimentary instant-download copy of his book, “The Upgraded Chef” – full of even more craving-destroying recipes.
    And if you prefer to support your local bookstore and buy The Bulletproof Diet “offline”… you can simply take a quick snapshot of your receipt on your phone and send it to the same email address to claim your bonus.
    Either way -- just make sure you get your copy today, so you can be cravings-free in time for the holiday season.

    Other Noteworthy News
    What Role Does Praise Play in Self-Esteem, Achievement?
    Proper praise from parents and educators can help students learn how to persevere and learn from errors, Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University in California, says in this interview. Such praise involves recognizing students for the process instead of placing too much praise on ability, talent or intelligence, she says. The Atlantic online (11/3)

    Dyslexia Awareness Grows Among State, Federal Lawmakers
    More states are taking steps to meet the needs of students with dyslexia during the school day. Eighteen states have passed laws regarding dyslexia, according to Bright Solutions for Dyslexia. Federal lawmakers also are taking steps to raise awareness with House Resolution 456, which calls on schools to recognize the educational effects of the condition. USA Today (10/30)

    Photophobia Linked to Panic Disorder
    Berlin – Aversion to bright light appears to be common in patients with panic disorder, new research suggests. A study presented at the 27th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress showed that photophobia, defined as extreme sensitivity to light, was significantly more prevalent among adult participants who had been diagnosed with panic disorder than among matched pe ers who were without the disorder. In addition, there was a significantly positive correlation between photophobia and panic disorder scores.

    Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Accommodations
    The common-core tests being developed by two state coalitions offer the promise of more inclusion and self-sufficiency for students with special needs and for English-language learners. The use of computer-based assessments will allow for a more inclusive testing environment than has previously been available with paper-based tests, say representatives from both PARCC and Smarter Balanced. In the past, students with disabilities and English-learners often needed to take their assessments in separate small-group or one-on-one settings with a dedicated test administrator. Now, students who need portions of the test read to them can simply put on headphones. And students who use calculators will not need to have them on their desks for the math assessment. The tool will be available on-screen. "This is really going to be very different than what the entire field of education has been used to and what students have been used to," said Kimberly Hymes, the senior director for policy and advocacy at the Arlington, Va.-based Council for Exceptional Children. "It presents a different approach—and one we think holds a lot of promise for including students with disabilities in a more meaningful way in the assessment system."
    Both groups' tests will also have embedded universal-design tools, meaning any student can zoom in, highlight parts of the test, cross out or mask answers, use an extra notepad, or even spell-check within the computer-based testing platform. Many of those tools were previously only available to students with an individualized education program, or IEP, or a Section 504 plan. (Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in schools receiving federal funds.) And with paper-based tests, the supports often looked different depending on what the teacher had on hand. Both the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests will also provide videos with American Sign Language for deaf students, calculators for items not testing mathematics fluency, and Braille options on portions of the test for blind students, among other supports.
    Another support that was previously available only for special populations but is now available to all students is an English glossary. Within the testing platform, students can click on words they don't understand to get an alternate word or definition.

    Study Examines School Accommodations for Teens with ADHD
    A survey of 543 students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder found that only about a quarter of the students received evidence-based, disability-specific accommodations. About half of the teens had individualized education programs or Section 504 plans, according to the survey. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/On Special Education blog (10/29)

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    EEG Spectrum Newsletter The following article was published in the EEG Spectrum Newsletter by the Siegfried Othmer, PhD, Chief Scientist at EEG Spectrum and, from 1987-2000, President of EEG Spectrum. We would like to thank Sue and Siegfried Othmer for their support of Irlen and Irlen Awareness Week.

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    Quote of the Day
    Chris Jones wrote: "On the day the right filters were sorted, I was holding the lenses in front of my eyes and walked around. I went down some steps and I was wondering what was missing in my head: the strategies I used all the time in my life, to make sure I never stumbled, hadn't appeared and there was no fear. I giggled and wanted to skip. I could perceive for the first time in my life depth perception. When I looked at the trees in that garden, I realised that before the lenses, I was looking at everything like a painting or photo and only known that a tree was further away as it was less tall and wide than another. The strategies that I had relied on for 30 plus years were no longer needed. I have been wearing my Irlen filters for past 14 years :-) except when I go to bed of course."

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