Surviving IEP Season

GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

A GREAT Supreme Court Unanimous (8-0) was handed down today that states that public schools must provide more than ‘de minimus’ or the bare minimum to benefit students with disabilities.

The fact that some school systems (in this case, Douglas County) were fighting the case all the way to the Supreme Court tells you that […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: 504, Accommodations, dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

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Betsy DeVos on the IDEA in Senate Confirmation Hearings

For further discussion and debate, please visit our Facebook feed.  Here is the exchange of Betsy DeVos and Senator Tim Kaine about the IDEA and accountability. The concern is that DeVos would leave all matters about IDEA and FAPE to the states – which would not help if states are ‘bad’ and not providing […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Dyslexia Laws||Comments Off on Betsy DeVos on the IDEA in Senate Confirmation Hearings

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Dyslexia and DOE Nominee Betsy DeVos – Senate Confirmation Hearing

What has Education Secretary nominee Betsy Devos said about Dyslexia in her Senate Confirmation Hearing?  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) specifically asked her about her positions regarding dyslexia. It looks promising – but of course  early to tell…

For full confirmation hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRBNkMM0-pM

This exchange occurs around 1 hr 34 minutes.

Senator Cassidy as you may know has been […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and DOE Nominee Betsy DeVos – Senate Confirmation Hearing

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Dyslexia Laws 2017

Here’s our 2017 snapshot of Passed Dyslexia Laws in the US. This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups.

Only 13 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s […]

Why It’s Important to Say Dyslexia But Also Support Its Strengths

What is Dyslexia?  Dyslexia is a brain-based learning difference with a strong genetic basis. It characterized by unexpected difficulties in fluent reading and specific patterns of difficulty with writing, spelling, and sometimes math as well as strengths in problem-solving and many aspects of creative thinking. The word unexpected is used because dyslexic children have […]

States Fall Short on First Professional Teacher Trainings for Dyslexia

So it’s begun: states like South Carolina have begun making their first professional development for teachers explaining what dyslexia is and how teachers can meet their needs of the students in their classrooms. It’s a start.

However, if you look at the modules (see below), you’ll understand how little teachers may be prepared to meet […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Assessment, Dyslexia Laws|Tags: , , |Comments Off on States Fall Short on First Professional Teacher Trainings for Dyslexia

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Missouri Has a New Dyslexia Law

Congratulations to Missouri for its new Dyslexia bill signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. From St. Louis Today:

The new law “requires the screening of every public school student for dyslexia starting in the 2018-19 school year. Screenings would be informal and brief, leading to earlier detection. The measure also mandates that teachers receive […]

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Dyslexia Laws, School|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Missouri Has a New Dyslexia Law

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North Carolina Weak on Dyslexia Education

North Carolina trails other states in terms of its delivery of educational services to dyslexic students in the Dyslexia at School Survey conducted by Dyslexic Advantage.

Compared to Texas, one of the earliest states to adopt dyslexia-specific legislation, North Carolina had abysmal statistics in terms of identification of students by schools (19% compared to Texas’ […]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Dyslexia Laws|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina Weak on Dyslexia Education

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Student Fights Dyslexia Discrimination at Princeton

 As many of you already know, the gap between the idea of protection against discrimination and the reality of it is often huge.

As reported in the Huffington Post yesterday, Rachel Barr, a recent Yale alum, was unable to continue her PhD program when she received a score of B- during an exam which her […]

By |May 6th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Being Dyslexic, College, Dyslexia Laws|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Student Fights Dyslexia Discrimination at Princeton

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New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

Newly minted Department of Education Secretary John King answered questions about Dyslexia with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at Capitol Hill. King states that states and school districts must ensure at the IEP level that the educational needs of dyslexic students are being specifically met. He mentions Orton-Gillingham and Wilson method specifically by name.

Hopefully this is […]

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Dyslexia Laws, Education, IEP, Parents, Reading, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

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Response to Intervention RTI Hurts Students with Dyslexia

RTI or Response To Intervention is currently the dominant approach to reading instruction in public schools across the United States (over 70% of school districts), but in a just-released progress report funded by the Department of Education from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), there’s a big problem…it doesn’t work.

RTI was supported by vocal […]

Progress! Passed Dyslexia Laws in the United States – 2016

This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups.

13 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s some pending legislation too.

NO LAWS: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: 504, Advocacy, Dyslexia Laws, IEP|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Progress! Passed Dyslexia Laws in the United States – 2016

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