Dyslexia

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the federal subpoena served to Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) this week, Public Defender Matt Shirk seeking a third term in office, and more.

Lindsey Kilbride

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated Duval's County's GRASP Academy Monday morning.

The public school serves dyslexic children in grades 2-7.

The teachers are trained to use a multisensory approach to teaching. It's more hands-on and visual than a typical classroom.

Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he wants all K-5 teachers to be trained on this curriculum.

Lindsey Kilbride

Fernandina Beach Representative Janet Adkins says she wants state law to help educators teach dyslexic students better.

Thursday, Adkins toured Jacksonville’s GRASP Academy, the state’s only dyslexic-focused public school.

 


Florida House of Representatives Website

Florida State Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) is calling for awareness of the struggles students with dyslexia face in schools.

Adkins is the chair of the K-12 Education Subcommittee in the Florida House. She has also announced she’s running for Nassau County Schools Superintendent next year.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Adkins talked about how schools can provide better teaching strategies for students with dyslexia.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT

At 6 foot, 4 inches and 323 pounds, Jaguars defensive end Red Bryant knows a thing or two about tackling challenges. But it took some extra help from a high school English teacher to help him take on one of his biggest hurdles: learning.

"She was one of the first people to tell me I just learn (differently)," he told a group of students seated before him.

Bryant has dyslexia.

"We understand, we get it and we want to keep you guys encouraged," he said.

Rhema Thompson

Dyslexia can mean different things to different people.