Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week is October 17-21, 2016
Donate today to support our Scholarship Program, Irlen Pilot Schools, and Research.
In 2016, the Irlen Syndrome Foundation gave out 15 individual aid scholarships, started a new Irlen Pilot School where all at-risk students get tested for and receive intervention for Irlen Syndrome, and supported ongoing research being conducted at Cornell University. We couldn’t have done all that without your help. Help us continue to provide Irlen services to those who need them most and make Irlen technology more accessible.
Please check back regularly for updates and additional information!
Sandra Tosta, PhD
Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests. This largely unknown and undiagnosed disorder affects approximately 15% of the general population, 50% of individuals with reading and learning difficulties, 30% of individuals with ADHD and autism, and a significant portion of individuals with brain injury, chronic headaches, and migraines.
AWARENESS WEEK ACTIVITIES
Join us for the following Irlen Awareness Week activities in your local area and online:
- Local Activities: Irlen Syndrome Awareness activities are taking place all over the world during awareness week. These range from picnics and pizza parties, to informational seminars and free mini-screenings. For regular updates on ISAW events around the globe, join the Irlen Awareness Week Facebook Group.
- “Turn Out the Lights”: Show your support for individuals with Irlen Syndrome by turning out your fluorescent lights at school, at work, and at home for one minute on Tuesday, October 18th at 10am (local time) and then log on to the Irlen Website to let everyone know you participated by placing your mark on the BLACK OUT map! This is a simple and easy way to get school or classroom support during Awareness Week, so don’t be afraid to ask your child’s teacher to participate.
How you can get involved and make a difference in your hometown:
- Give a presentation to your class or your school about Irlen Syndrome (sample presentations are available in the resource section of this page)
- Organize your school or office to Turn Out the Lights in support of individuals with Irlen Syndrome
- Make Irlen your theme on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. for the week. Share our new headache video or the Irlen Infographic.
- Donate to help increase access to Irlen services to those who need them most
Download Resources to use in your own awareness week efforts:
- Turn Out the Lights Promotional Graphic
- Presentation for Kids and Classrooms
Your gift will help The Irlen Syndrome Foundation will get Irlen Syndrome sufferers the help they need. It will provide access to much-needed Irlen Services both by providing Irlen solutions directly to individuals in need and also by training educators and other professionals to provide these solutions in their own communities. The Irlen Syndrome Foundation is a 501(3)(c) charity and all donations are fully tax deductible. Our federal tax ID is 33-0409023.