If you meet Ryan Huberty today, he would tell you his story of when he was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade. He struggled to read and he was frustrated in not being able to do something that his friends seemed to do so easily – read. His parents, Janet Huberty, and Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative, were his greatest advocates and never stopped helping him.
“It is estimated that up to 17% of the population may have dyslexia,” Laura Dowdy, Assistant Director of Responsive Services at Humble ISD said. “Dyslexia is thought to be one of the most common language-based learning disabilities and the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties.”
To help facilitate learning for other Humble ISD students with dyslexia, the Huberty family has funded over $5,000 through the Ryan J. Huberty Fund. “Our goal is to help educators teach children with reading disabilities to read,” said Janet Huberty. “We want to help provide tools and resources to students and teachers through various projects and useful technology.”
The Hubertys have done just that. This year, the family funded the purchase of C-pens for two elementary classrooms. This technology scans text and breaks words down using a digital voice. The device can read words or whole sentences, provide definitions and find synonyms for the words.
“Having C-Pens for our special education students to use in class will allow them to have the material read to them,” Becky Hunt, a teacher at Park Lakes Elementary said. “This will give students the independence and normalcy they so desperately are seeking.”
The grant will allow students to take these pens to their general education classroom, read independently with them and gain confidence. “This confidence would in turn motivate the student to learn, increasing the students progress in their academics as well as their self-confidence,” said Hunt.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by dyslexia, please consider donating to the Ryan J Huberty fund and help us fund more tools to help more students.
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