Fred Simpson's Secret

Disability once led local attorney to drop out, enlist

Monday, March 07, 2005

By CHALLEN STEPHENS
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Fred Simpson starts with the tour of his renovated downtown office. He tells the children about 250 jury trials, about 12 years as Madison County's district attorney. He talks about two Cadillacs and the trips to Europe. Then he swaps his focus.

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The Invisible Disability

Alabama schools won't accept that the D-word exists

Monday, March 06, 2005

By CHALLEN STEPHENS
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Throughout Alabama, thousands of bright children struggle with the written word in public schools that don't recognize or test for dyslexia. The children have trouble spelling, connecting sounds to letters and remembering what words mean.

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Fighting for Change: The Lawyer

If school process unclear, parents can turn to law

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

By CHALLEN STEPHENS
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Clay GibsonAs a freshman at Grissom High School, Clay Gibson was allowed to type assignments. Teachers gave him extra time on written tests.

"I was doing fine," Gibson said. At the end of the 10th grade, the school system agreed: School officials removed his special education designation. That sparked a dispute that eventually led Gibson to attorney James Irby.

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What To Do If You Suspect Dyslexia

Alabama schools won't accept that the D-word exists

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

By CHALLEN STEPHENS
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irbyDr. James Irby, special education attorney, offers these tips to parents who suspect a child has dyslexia:

"Communicate with the special education coordinator of their system so the school system cannot say they did not know there was a problem." The school has a duty to educate all children no matter what, he said.

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