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Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week is October 16-20, 2017


Donate today to support our Scholarship Program, Irlen Pilot Schools, and Research.

Last year we gave out more than 30 ISF Scholarships for diagnostic testing and Irlen Spectral filters. This year our goal is to double that number and you can help us get there by donating to the Individual Aid Scholarships campaign. If you want to do more, you can join the ISF scholarship campaign effort and help us raise funds with your own personalized fundraising page letting your family and friends know how important this cause is to you.



Please check back regularly for updates and additional information!

Media Contact:
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.

Learn More About Who Is Affected



Learn More About Signs and Symptoms


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 17th 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.

  • Join Our Live Talk and Q&A With Cornell University Professors on Facebook Live October 18 at 11:30am (PDT) – What Your Brain Tells You About Color and Why One Size (Shade) Doesn’t Fit All: Join us for a live talk and Q & A with Cornell University neuroscientists, Drs. Adam Anderson and Eve DeRosa, who will share their breakthrough research showing healthy brains are uniquely tuned to different colors that have widespread changes on brain activity. Be the first to find out what they learned when Irlen Spectral Filter wearers went into the fMRI scanner, and get all your questions answered during the live Q&A session! Tune in live at https://www.facebook.com/IrlenSyndromeFoundation/. If you can’t make the live event, don’t worry, you can access the full video any time on the Irlen Syndrome Foundation Facebook page, and can send in your questions ahead of time to cornelltalk@irlensyndrome.org, or post them on the event page.



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.