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Exciting News …Welcome to the Online Book Launch of 'Discovery at Paradise Island' - Dyslexia Font edition by Queensland's Disability Minister - The Honourable Craig Crawford MP

 

 

 

You can buy the book here  Just click here and it will  take you straight to the online shop and you just choose the book and you can pay using paypal.  Or you can send me an email and I can send you a copy.  

Order Now... Just visit the online shop - lots of choices

individual book

class sets

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Author - Sharon Boyce

ISBN – 978-0-9581610-6-0

I am really excited about this book. The original book now reprinted in open dyslexia font.

                               

A Little About The Book - Blurb

The fun and discovery starts as soon as Alexandria and Sarah arrive at Paradise Island. What would usually be a relaxing holiday on a tropical island turns into an exciting adventure. Sarah thinks because Alexandria’s mum is in a wheelchair their holiday will be quite boring. How wrong is she?

The island activities, a mystery code, digging for pirate treasure, clues and discovery make for a surprising holiday and Sarah discovers some things she didn’t know before she went away with Alexandria’s family.'

Discovery at Paradise Island is a children's adventure storybook written for audiences aged seven to twelve years. The story gives children a chance to learn and discover about disability. This book aims to develop children’s literacy, numeracy and social intelligence, while at the same time making it exciting and fun to read. It integrates into the school SOSE syllabus and also critical literacies and numeracy with the code breaking work. It has teacher and parent directed activities included and engagement questions at the end of each chapter to encourage children to think about what they have read and apply it to their own lives.

Written by an author with a strong educational background and a thorough knowledge of disability both from a practical perspective and a theoretical framework this book explores a variety of social justice issues through the eyes of a child. Because this book can be used as a teaching resource across the curriculum and because it has a particular focus on disability it would be an invaluable classroom tool.

The book links into the SOSE syllabus especially the Culture and Identity strand, as well as critical literacy and numeracy. It also is a much needed resource in the area of disability awareness. The engagement questions at the end of each chapter encourage children to think about the issues they are reading about and to apply them to their own lives. At the conclusion of the book it has a section containing teacher and parent directed activities.  

What is OpenDyslexic Font?

This book has been reprinted using this open dyslexic font. This is an open source font that can be downloaded and used by anybody for any purpose. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold italic styles.  It is being updated continually and improved based on input from people who use the font. It has been designed to make the text heavier on the bottom of each letter in order to try to anchor it onto the page so there is less movement of the letters for the reader. There are no quick fixes for dyslexia, however there are some solutions that may make it easier for a person to read certain types of font on certain types of paper. I wanted to see whether it made it easier for this book to be read if it was printed in the open dyslexia font and on a cream based, environmentally friendly, low gloss paper.

Information about the open dyslexia font can be found on the website - http://opendyslexic.org

It is definitely not the only answer for dyslexia, but again based on individual preference, it may be helpful for many people.  Often people with dyslexia will describe letters that float or move around a page with no real anchor.  This font adds gravity and weight to the letters and words as it is thicker at the bottom than at the top.  Studies have found that text printed in this font often stays more still on the page and works better for them.  It is important though that you ask students if it works for them.  This is just another one of the solutions in the dyslexia puzzle.  Have a look at the website and download this font from this website http://opendyslexic.org

There are a number of different books that have been printed in OpenDyslexic font.  I decided to try doing a print run of my book with this font as it will work for all students; those without dyslexia as well as students who have dyslexia.  If it only helps in some small way that is all right.

I became very interested in Dyslexia and the understanding of hidden disabilities in the work I do in schools and professional development with my consultancy Discovering Disability and Diversity.

www.discoveringdisability.com.au

We sometimes need to find a combination of solutions and strategies to help students with dyslexia to be able to access literature. It may even make it a lot better for those students that have dyslexia. I want to at least create an number of different options of this text in a variety of formats to support students with reading difficulties! 

I would love it if you would like to buy this book and see whether it works with your students who are either diagnosed with dyslexia or have problems with reading and processing information.  For me it has been a little bit of a learning curve and something that really has to be trialled with the individual who has dyslexia.  Each individual is different and a solution that works for one person will not necessarily work for all.  I do however think it is exciting to create a book that uses the open dyslexic font that is very popular according to many studies around the world and is very popular with people who have dyslexia. I explored this more in my new book, Discovering Dyslexia - Uncovering Some of the Mysteries. If it only helps in some small way at least, I will be happy.

What Australia's most amazingly talented and leading poet and academic Bruce Dawe said about the original story when he first launched my book...

Comments by Professor Bruce Dawe –

I have been invited by Sharon to introduce her charming novel to those who are here today. As the records would show I avoid book launches whenever possible. But this one I chose not to avoid.

There are two main reasons: Firstly, and most importantly, because I admire its author, and have done so ever since she was a student in classes I taught at USQ quite a few years ago. She was a good student. I particularly admired her fortitude, her intelligence, and her good humour, all qualities that make a student a welcome member of any course.

The second reason why I accepted this invitation to help in the launch of Discovery at Paradise Island is that when I first read the story in manuscript I enjoyed it. Re-reading it more recently, my pleasure was just as great.

Having myself recently attempted to write stories for children I have come to realize how challenging that form of literature is to write. It is not at all easy, even though some of the increasing number of people who seek success in this form seem to believe it is.

It requires an understanding of children, a love of children, and yet an adult perspective on them and their view of the world. Sharon’s book displays all three qualities. And one other thing which also helps to make such literature reach out to us as adults as well - is when the work we’re reading is imbued with a love of family. I have never met Sharon’s family – they may all be ogres for all I know. But her book tells me different.

Let me just point out some of the intrinsic sources of this book’s appeal.

It has comic scenes where the comic action is not cruel, but kind.

It has a skilful use of detail throughout to give verisimilitude to the adventure, and to the characterization of all the participants in the adventure.

It has a central mystery, which, of course, children and adults both love in adventure stories.

It is a novel about learning, and about a family friend who learns how a family, through loving care, deals with a member who has a physical impairment. And one of the finest aspects of this theme is that it is not subverted by the sentimentality which can sometimes be exploited. The character of the person who has a particular disability is clearly drawn without any special pleading on the author’s part. This enables us to appreciate her resolution as a matter of fact.

At the end of each chapter there are questions to ascertain how well we have understood what has just happened.

That central theme describes a learning curve. And I believe that all those who are fortunate enough to buy and read Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island will have learnt much from it, as well.

It is my pleasure to have helped to launch Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island. I am sure you will find, as I did, many an enjoyable discovery in this book, too…

Click here for more details about my new Dyslexia resource book.   https://youtu.be/yrIxZeoiaAA

The book presents a whole new way to understand what dyslexia is and what it actually means for people who experience it. It uses examples as simulations of real texts to create a feeling of the frustration and the way information is processed for a person with dyslexia. It can be used in so many different ways. It depends on your role as to what you want to gain from the book or how you want to use it, to either help yourself or to help others or both! There is really nothing else like this resource and it can be used in so many ways. I love the fact it is easy to read and I love the reactions I get from people who have used this and really benefited from it. Check out more details at the shop and our resource information pages.

 

 

You can buy the book here

 

Free 'Voice of Boyce' Dyslexia Videos

You can also listen to some of my free 'Voice of Boyce' information videos that explore some solutions and different areas that impact on individuals in society. You can subscribe to my youtube channel and listen free to some of the variety of subjects that have been uploaded. 

Latest Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7eqhXgLEik&t=19s 

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0ANhnrQUaLsLxB8Cf3WIw 

How can I book a online zoom Dyslexia and Hidden Disability workshop for either my full school staff or my teacher aide staff?

All you have to do is send me an email with your required day and time and any specific needs your group has. I then give you a call and we can create a online workshop that matches yours and your staffs needs. I can run sessions in staff meetings and I can do half day sessions as well as a series of shorter sessions if that is needed. The sessions are fully flexible and can be run via zoom or teams, whichever platform is required. 

How can I join a Dyslexia Awareness session for teacher and teacher aides?

I run these sessions every few months and get together a group of interested individuals who want to do a online awareness session. The last sessions have included people from right across Australia who have very diverse questions and work across a variety of different support areas. Most participants ask their school or principal to support them to attend the session. You can send me an email to let me know you are interested in going on the list for the next session or you can just email me with questions you would like me to cover in the next session. This is an area that is developing and growing in many ways. 

Exciting News …Book Launch Happened - Brisbane Parliament House

You can buy the book here  Just click here and it will  take you straight to the online shop and you just choose the book and you can pay using paypal.  Or you can send me an email and I can send you a copy.  

Order Now and receive your Bonus and Special price for 2022 - ‘Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions - a resource and information guide for students, teachers, parents, and educators.’

Author - Sharon Boyce

ISBN – 978-0-9581610-3-9

I am really excited about this dyslexia book. It is a resource and information guide covering everything about dyslexia and what it means and how it has been seen through history; But it is a whole lot more than that...experiential awareness and understanding is the key to this book. It is exploring hidden disability and difference.

If you order and buy the book online by clicking on the link above you will also be sent a bonus pack with some surprise goodies that help explore dyslexia and create some solutions of support that are explored in the book. Click here for more details https://youtu.be/yrIxZeoiaAA

The book presents a whole new way to understand what dyslexia is and what it actually means for people who experience it. It uses examples as simulations of real texts to create a feeling of the frustration and the way information is processed for a person with dyslexia. It can be used in so many different ways. It depends on your role as to what you want to gain from the book or how you want to use it, to either help yourself or to help others or both! There is really nothing else like this resource and it can be used in so many ways. I love the fact it is easy to read and I love the reactions I get from people who have used this and really benefited from it. Check out more details at the shop and our resource information pages.

 

You can buy the book here

 

Free 'Voice of Boyce' Dyslexia Videos

You can also listen to some of my free 'Voice of Boyce' information videos that explore some solutions and different areas that impact on individuals in society. You can subscribe to my youtube channel and listen free to some of the variety of subjects that have been uploaded. 

Latest Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7eqhXgLEik&t=19s 

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD0ANhnrQUaLsLxB8Cf3WIw 

How can I book a online zoom Dyslexia and Hidden Disability workshop for either my full school staff or my teacher aide staff?

All you have to do is send me an email with your required day and time and any specific needs your group has. I then give you a call and we can create a online workshop that matches yours and your staffs needs. I can run sessions in staff meetings and I can do half day sessions as well as a series of shorter sessions if that is needed. The sessions are fully flexible and can be run via zoom or teams, whichever platform is required. 

How can I join a Dyslexia Awareness session for teacher and teacher aides?

I run these sessions every few months and get together a group of interested individuals who want to do a online awareness session. The last sessions have included people from right across Australia who have very diverse questions and work across a variety of different support areas. Most participants ask their school or principal to support them to attend the session. You can send me an email to let me know you are interested in going on the list for the next session or you can just email me with questions you would like me to cover in the next session. This is an area that is developing and growing in many ways. 

Disability Awareness Training Workshops - Discovering DisAbility and Diversity Program of Experiential Learning 
 
The Discovering DisAbility and Diversity program is a disability awareness program that is based around unique hands-on experiential activities. It is a mobile inclusive education experience that allows participants to experience a taste of disability and then create a response and solutions to that experience. Presented by a person with lived expert experience. It was developed and designed by Sharon Boyce, and it promotes the active discovery of disability and diversity through various hands-on activities. It has been running for the past fifteen years and aims at creating real understanding of key disability areas, both the physical and the hidden areas. It links experience to real life and encourages participants, whether children or adults, to make adjustments to their lives once they have a real understanding of disability. The program allows children and adults to experience disability and diversity in their own environment. We bring the program to you. This encourages tolerance and resilience and also lessens bullying. What do people say about the workshop?
 
Bardon State School - 'Thank you for the sensational day'.
Brisbane State High School - Nancy and Olivia- 'Wonderful day of learning'.
Toowoomba Regional Council Footpath and Roads Staff- 'My arms were so tired from the wheelchairs. I thought the pathway was level but I kept running towards the road. I am really too tired to actually complete the job I was given to do to deliver this form to the front office. I thought that would be so easy but my day has become so hard!'

Thank you so much, Sharon, the team and I really enjoyed the Dyslexia workshop. We want to do the follow-up course.

It was handy to see how the students “see” from their point of view of different variances of Dyslexia, and then doing the exercise, so we were almost in “their shoes”. We found these kinaesthetic exercises most eye-opening and useful to know how the students might feel. It was interesting to learn about and experience the sample of the spectrum of Dyslexia with the reading exercises. Lastly, we all appreciated the strategies given to try and also the warm and approachable vibe that you gave to the workshop, so we felt contacted asking you questions at any time. Thank you again for the resources and knowledge!    Regards, Adrian Chin (Learning and Support Co-ordinator), Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Mt Tamborine SHS

A Collection of Comments about Inclusion and What Changes, if any, we will make as teachers to our classroom or attitude after we have attended a session of DDD

  • Today made me empathize more with those who struggle daily with these disabilities.
  • Thank you. The activities were great!! I will remember to place less info on my handouts and use a larger font with colours.
  • Appreciation of the difficulty experienced on a daily basis.
  • The extreme difficulties some students go through doing everyday tasks
  • I will be spending a lot more time with those students who have an impairment. I learnt quite a few things.
  • I felt I need to learn more about how to identify students who are having issues.
  • This was a very enjoyable way to ‘put yourself in another’s shoes’.
  • The session was enlightening-found out a lot-developed empathy.
  • Experiencing the emotions students may face-I want to learn more and be more aware-of students and how I can create good learning.
  • I realise how seriously difficult it is for some of my students. I would like a follow up with some specific strategies so they are not slipping through the system.
  • Great to be aware of all these issues. Blind activity great.
  • This afternoon was mind-expanding!-it was excellent to-somewhat-physically experience this. Thanks.
  • Today I realized how my son will feel/experience as his sight continues to deteriorates-also frustrated over how I will be unable to help him.
  • I think it would be good for other students to experience what we did. Eye opening to their reality.
  • I learnt that when you are not good at something you need quiet and lots of concentration.
  • I felt inadequate and slow all afternoon-so would need to counter that with my students-be understanding.

 Sharon

Sharon is committed to creating a world where real lived inclusion is possible. She believes by real hands on education and experience and by telling her story and the stories of others that barriers can be broken down and real understanding can be achieved.

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Workshops

Sharon has designed and developed programs for children and adults to experience disability and diversity in their own environment. Also teacher professional development workshops sessions which create real understanding and experience of disability.

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Resources

We have developed resources to assist your understanding of disability and diversity, and for your promotion of equity and an understanding of disability in schools and organisations.

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