Students With Dyslexia Get Helping Hand

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Margaret Hardee serves as coordinator over Disability Support Services at Tallahassee Community College.

Among the students she helps are those living with dyslexia.

"Some students who learn by hearing, they are perfect in a lecture classroom, because they retain everything that comes in an auditory manner. Other students have to have it in print," says Hardee.

It is those learning differences that prompted TCC to hire tutors that assist these students in their learning, and thanks to a new $43,000 grant, that effort can continue and tutors can become acquainted with better learning tools.

"A lot of it is taking your study research strategy and showing the student how to see it, say it, hear it and make it generalized across the nervous system," says Robyn Rennick, program director of the Dyslexia Research Institute in Tallahassee.

"It is very difficult when you have a different type of learning style in a classroom, and if you don't get the outside help, many times you don't do as well," adds Hardee.

With this grant, TCC will partner with the Dyslexia Research Institute to develop a new multi-sensorial tool kit, a new aid to help those who tutor students with dyslexia become even more affective.

This grant is funded by the Able Trust created by the Florida Legislature in 1990 to help provide Floridians with disabilities better employment opportunities.