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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. Last Updated October 13, 2017.

Only 8 states have no dyslexia laws […]

NASP Publishes Advice About Dyslexia Screening

 NASP or the National Association of School Psychologists recently published an article entitled: “Four Dyslexia Screening Myths That Cause More Harm Than Good in Preventing Reading Failure and What You Can Do Instead.” As many of you who are involved in dyslexia advocacy know, NASP holds a great deal of influence over school psychologists. […]

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on NASP Publishes Advice About Dyslexia Screening

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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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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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Rhode Island has a Dyslexia Teacher Training Law!

Congratulations Rhode Island!  Rhode Island Governor Gina Riamondo signed the state’s first dyslexia teacher training law yesterday! From Providence Journal:

“Rhode Island joins the 15 other states that define dyslexia in state statute and the five states (emphasis, ours) that offer professional training to educators. Prior to the legislation, sponsored by Rep. O’Brien, D-North Providence, Rhode […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Education, Teachers|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rhode Island has a Dyslexia Teacher Training Law!

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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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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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What Works for Dyslexia? RTI and Tier 3 Intensive Reading Intervention [Premium]

Response to Intervention or RTI has been adopted by 1/3 of US states, although the details of its use and requirements varies considerably in terms of how it addresses the needs of dyslexic students. At its best RTI is a multi-tiered approach to the identification and support of students with different learning and behavior needs. […]

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By |March 31st, 2016|Categories: Dysgraphia, Education, Premium, Premium Content, Reading, RTI, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Works for Dyslexia? RTI and Tier 3 Intensive Reading Intervention [Premium]

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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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End of No Child Left Behind – Hello ESSA

It’s official. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act yesterday that officially replaces No Child Left Behind (ESEA or Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

A bipartisan effort brought the law to the President’s desk, and districts, teachers, and parents will welcome more individual state decisions involving testing and state requirements for graduation, and regarding […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Advocacy, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on End of No Child Left Behind – Hello ESSA

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Dyslexic Advantage at the Capitol – HR 3033 – Nothing About Us Without Us

Dyslexia Advocacy Update |Nothing About Us Without Us (Latin: Nihil de nobis, sine nobis) is a phrase that may date back to Poland’s 1505 constitution, but it was embraced by disability activists and needs to be embraced by the dyslexia movement today.

Thanks to Dyslexic Advantage Board member Thomas G. West who met with Representative Lamar Smith […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Categories: Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexic Advantage at the Capitol – HR 3033 – Nothing About Us Without Us

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Way to Go, California! Committee passes Early Dyslexia ID Bill

Way to go, California and Decoding Dyslexia-CA!
Yesterday, the CA Assembly Education Committee passed AB-1369 with a unanimous 7-0 vote!
This bill would provide more information to teachers and school administrators statewide to aid in the early identification of dyslexia. Studies have shown that the earlier dyslexia is recognized in a student, the easier it is […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: Education, Teachers, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Way to Go, California! Committee passes Early Dyslexia ID Bill

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‘Dyslexia’ Is About Who, Not What: What We Can Learn From John Quincy Adams

One more thought on last week’s Senate hearings. This post was prompted by our recent viewing of the movie Amistad—directed, incidentally, by dyslexic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Amistad tells the story of a pre-Civil War legal battle involving a group of kidnapped Africans who escaped their chains and took over a slave ship before being recaptured.
An […]

Secretary of Education “I Don’t Think We Have a Specific Program for Dyslexia”

“Why the Heck Don’t You Have a Specific Program for Dyslexia?” – Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA, Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus).

It should come as no surprise that it was a parent to ask the piecing question of why more isn’t being done for students with dyslexia. Senator Bill Cassidy is the parent of a child with dyslexia […]

By |April 18th, 2015|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Secretary of Education “I Don’t Think We Have a Specific Program for Dyslexia”

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