Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

New from the College Board: 

“Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, College, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, IEP, School, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

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Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

 The last decade has seen a great advance in the biological understanding of dyscalculia, or math disability. The DSM V groups a specific learning disorder in math (315.1) under Specific Learning Disability along with impairment in reading (315.000) and impairment in written expression (315.2). The NIH defines dyscalculia as a condition contributes to “difficulty understanding arithmetic […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Dyscalculia, Gifted, IEP, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

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Teaching Bilingual ELL Students with Dyslexia in the General Classroom [Premium]

 Almost 1 out of every 10 students in  public school classrooms are English Language Learners (ELLs). Because dyslexia is also common throughout the world (10-15%), some ELL students are dyslexic. For ELLs, identifying dyslexia can be a complicated process, sorting out the effects of language exposure, bilingualism (or multilingualism), and vocabulary in the 2nd language. […]

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By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, ELLs, IEP, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Teaching Bilingual ELL Students with Dyslexia in the General Classroom [Premium]

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New US ADHD Guidelines from Department of Education OCR – Schools

 In breaking news, the US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights have released their a letter from Asst Secretary Catherine Lhamon and its Students with ADHD and Section 504 Resource Guide HERE. For your convenience, we also include them below  – including a highlighted version which spotlights key passages for parents and […]

Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

By |May 18th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, IEP, Reading, School, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

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How to Help a Dyslexic Student in a General Education Classroom – Part I

From the Connecticut Longitudinal Study, up to 1 in 6 students are dyslexic, but only a minority of these students will be found in special education classrooms. What does this mean for regular classroom teachers?

1. Get Basic Facts about Dyslexia – Dyslexic students ARE in your classroom, although you may not have identified them and […]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Education, IEP, Language Arts, MIND strengths, Reading, Teachers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to Help a Dyslexic Student in a General Education Classroom – Part I

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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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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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Too Much Homework for Dyslexic Students

In one of the largest surveys of  Dyslexic school children across the United States to date (Dyslexia at School Survey, Dyslexic Advantage), an overwhelming majority (76%) reported that their public school students were routinely assigned work they couldn’t possibly complete.  1/2 of these students are in elementary school.

Nearly 500 survey respondents provided additional details:

“It […]

Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child

There’s a viral post circulating on the Internet from a Texas special education professor: “It’s OK to say dyslexia!” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted shortly before his agency released guidance targeting the needs of the 2.5 million students with a learning disability. But while the government highlights the unique needs of students with learning disabilities, they are […]

By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, IEP, Premium, Premium Content, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child

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