common FAQs about dyslexia
All but four states have some laws to protect students with dyslexia. The four states with no dyslexia laws on the books are: Hawaii, Idaho, South Dakota, Vermont
On a federal level, the READ Act authorizes dyslexia research projects and funding for that research.
No, dyslexia is neurobiological so it is not cured. However, early identification and intervention can change the trajectory for our children with dyslexia to ensure educational success for students.
A study by Dr. Sally Shaywitz determined that the numbers of girls and boys identified with dyslexia is fairly even.
IDEA does not have a specific category for dyslexia, it is identified as a specific learning disability (SLD) in one or more areas such as basic reading, reading fluency, reading comprehension, or written expression.
- Reading below the expected level for age
- Difficulty with letter recognition
- Difficulty with spelling
- Confusing words that sound alike
- Difficulty with rhyming
- Slow, and laborious reading (fluency)
- Often will add, transpose, omit, substitute in reading and writing
- Tries to spell phonetically but inconsistent
- Does not understand that words can come apart or be separated.
Absolutely! Many students identified with dyslexia are considered twice exceptional – meaning a child who is gifted and has a disability or learning difference.
Assistive Technology can remove barriers for students with dyslexia allow them to access their education through tools such as text to speech, speech to text, note-taking devices such as a smart pen, keyboarding, pdf readers, word prediction software, etc.