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Dyslexia in Florida


The Nessy goal is to help transform how children with dyslexia are being educated and invite parents and teachers to join the cause. Early identification of dyslexia is critical because 1 in 5 people have the learning disorder and the earlier intervention can begin the easier it is to remediate.

In fact, Hall and Moats have found that inexpensive screening identifies at-risk children in mid-kindergarten with 85% accuracy and if intervention is not provided before age 8 the probability of reading difficulties continuing into high school is 75%. Nessy firmly believes in early identification and intervention.



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State Dyslexia Law

What Does This Mean?

Orange County Public Schools Pilot

Florida Center for Reading Research

The STRIVE Literacy Pilot

State Dyslexia Organizations



State Dyslexia Law

Florida has very little in place to help support students with dyslexia and similar learning differences. A recent committee substitute for house bill 7029, that unfortunately failed, has provided a John McKay Scholarships for IEP for 504 students to attend a public school other than assigned or private school for students with learning disabilities.



What Does This Mean?

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, unfortunately this is not a very far-reaching law and leaves many students with dyslexia without any real support. In Florida it is generally up to the individual and their family to find and establish dyslexia support – usually from their own pocket.

A dyslexia tutor can be costly and so online, multisensory intervention therapy can be a great alternative.



Dyslexia Quest Screening Tool

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Screen online for dyslexia in just 20-minutes. The test provides a snapshot of learning abilities linked to dyslexia and because it’s games based, students have fun without realizing they are being assessed. Receive a detailed report outlining the likelihood of dyslexia, designed to be the perfect, affordable tool schools need.
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Nessy Reading & Spelling is remediation therapy for ages 5-12. The program guides you through 10 islands of 100 lessons with games, videos and worksheets, providing you with the foundations for reading and spelling that you will take with you through the rest of your life.
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Professional Development

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6 training modules address the identification of dyslexia, intervention, accommodation and use of technology for students with reading disabilities. The training can be accessed on smartphone, tablet or computer and takes at least 2 hours to complete.
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Orange County’s Public School Pilot

 Nessy are pleased to announce that Orange County Public Schools are now running a Nessy Reading & Spelling pilot scheme to study our effectiveness as an intervention therapy.

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the public school district for Orange County, Florida. It is based out of the Educational Leadership Center in Downtown Orlando. As of the 2016-17 school year, OCPS has an enrollment of 203,083 students, making it the 11th largest school district in the United States.

The school district also employs over 20,000 instructional and classified employees, which make up more than 96% of the OCPS work force. There are 123 Elementary Schools and four dedicated special education schools.


The Orange County Public Schools pilot has:dyslexia resources

  • 2-Pilot School Coordinators
  • 3-Pilot School Leads
  • 18-Pilot Teachers
  • 375-Students (K-1)

It is currently operating in two schools: Michael McCoy Elementary and Blackner Elementary. These two schools allow us to see a range of students from differing backgrounds, including a large ESL population at Michael McCoy.

8 weeks in:

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You can read more about the pilot and its results here.


Florida Center for Reading Research

As of 2017, Nessy is now in partnership with the Florida Center for Reading Research.



STRIVE Literacy Pilot

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The STRIVE reading program was developed in 2013 by reading specialist Tiffany James to address the varied developmental literacy needs of the students at The Grammar School at Midland Classical Academy in Midland, Texas. At that time, Midland Classical like most schools, had less than half of their students reaching grade level minimum benchmarks. This is consistent with national statistics. The US Department of Education finds that only 35% of American 4th graders score at or above the proficient level in reading.

As of March 2014, 90% of first graders participating in STRIVE teaching were showing pronounced growth. Some students had gained 9-18 months or more in reading level in four months of instruction.

Furthermore, teachers reported seeing an improvement of 95% in classroom performance of STRIVE students and 100% of parent surveys stated that working with a STRIVE teacher was improving their child’s language or reading skills.


Click here to read about STRIVE and how you can implement it in your classroom.


State Dyslexia Organizations

International Dyslexia Association, Florida Branch
Decoding Dyslexia Florida
Department of Education


Orange County Public School Pilot, Florida

2 OC schools began a Nessy pilot scheme in late January 2017. Within 8 weeks there was an average grade level improvement of one school year!


Evidence of Results

Nessy is research-based and evidence-based and we’ve found children using our program can improve their reading age by 1 grade in only 12 weeks.


Research & Testimonials

Find out why Nessy is used in thousands of schools worldwide. Read Nessy case studies, research and what parents, teachers and kids have to say!