The Adult Side of Dyslexia


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Table of Contents

1. How Would You Describe Your Dyslexia?
2. Dyslexia Hurts
3. Dyslexia-Induced-Distrust
4. Traumatic Teaching Practices
5. Is Spelling Important to You?
6. Do You Think Dyslexia is a Gift?
7. Has Dyslexia Affected Your Ability to Succeed?
8. Acknowledge, Advocate and Accommodate

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First book to focus on the impact of dyslexia in adulthood, packed with quotes and insights drawn from the lived experience of the dyslexic adults interviewed in the book

About the Author

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She is the author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System and Dyslexia and Spelling.


Through intimate and, at times, heartbreaking interviews, Kelli Sandman-Hurley uncovers the frustrations, rage and shame that we dyslexics can experience. Yet through Sandman-Hurley's remarkable insight and understanding of the dynamics of dyslexia she offers a hope-filled path through the maze of institutional terminology and powerful emotions. Anyone who has a connection with a dyslexic needs to read this book. If you read one book about the challenges and hope of dyslexia, The Adult Side of Dyslexia is the one!
*Sprague Theobald, Author of “The Other Side of the Ice”*

Normal and typical are not synonyms. More and more, we're becoming aware of this truth, and The Adult Side of Dyslexia continues the conversation. Exploring thematic and personal journeys, this book is full of thoughtful empowerment, presented in ways that every reader will find engaging, usable, and accessible.
*Jennifer Cook, Author of "The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules"*

I loved being interviewed by Kelli Sandman-Hurley because she is passionate about how and what she wants to learn about other people. She asked all the right questions about my experience growing up and living with Dyslexia over the past 64 years and how that influenced raising my 24-year-old daughter who is also dyslexic. It's rare to meet someone who is so knowledgeable in the field but chooses to be an astute and thoughtful listener. By gathering together and sharing so many personal stories of adult dyslexics I truly believe she has created an eye-opening book. It delivers completely and compassionately, eradicating stereotypes and age-old myths about dyslexia. But it goes way beyond just challenging old ideas - The Adult Side of Dyslexia raises critical issues about inclusion and equity in general!

The book helps us think about who Is getting support for Dyslexia and who isn't, and most importantly why. Kelli Sandman-Hurley does this with vivid anecdotes and a structure that helps you find the important questions to consider. She also lays out new information in a very accessible and helpful manner. For those of us who know dyslexia intimately and work in the field, this book is a triumph. If you're dyslexic, love a dyslexic, or if you're an educator or just a believer in equity, I urge you to make it part of your library and include it on that shelf with other books celebrating love, courage, and hope.
*Peggy Stern, founder of*

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