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Education Department Defining Dyslexia

No one ever said anything was easy, especially school. Those who struggle every day with dyslexia view the world differently. Dyslexics can do anything like non-dyslexics, except their approach to learning is unconventional.

When given the appropriate resources, all students can be academically successful. Luckily, a dyslexic’s potential can continue to be acknowledged and provided the resources for classroom success.

On October 23, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services published a letter providing “guidance to states and schools on learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia.

“Ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities is a critical responsibility for all of us,” Michael K. Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote.

The letter addresses the requirements regarding school district’s concern on intervention and diagnosis of the learning disability. Its purpose was to clarify that there is no prohibition of the term “dyslexia” in evaluation, eligibility determination or IEP documents.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) indicates that every child with a specific learning disability could qualify for academic accommodations.

“I hope this clarification is helpful to both parents and practitioners in ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities.” Yudlin wrote.

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