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Friday, January 22, 2016

Dyslexia Laws in the USA: An Update

From DD-MA - Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts

By Martha Youman and Nancy Mather
January 13, 2016

“Dyslexia is Real” is the title of Tennessee’s House Bill 1735, passed on January 23, 2014. This bill follows a long history of legislative initiatives that have been designed to provide various legal protections for individuals with dyslexia.

The path has not been easy, but today, early childhood centers, K–12 schools, universities, and the workplace in a number of proactive states provide guidelines for the identification and treatment of dyslexia.

This article summarizes the current status of dyslexia laws across the country, as presented in Table 1, and provides guidelines for the initiation of change in states that have lagged behind. It is an update to our article “Dyslexia Laws in the USA,” published in the Annals of Dyslexia (Youman & Mather, 2013).

As of December, 2015, 28 states had statewide dyslexia laws, 6 states had initiatives or resolutions related to dyslexia, and 14 states had handbooks or resource guides to inform parents and educators about proper procedures for students in public and private educational settings.

The laws, particularly those being passed in the last five years, focus primarily upon a) dyslexia awareness, b) pilot programs for screening and intervention, c) teacher training, d) provision of interventions and accommodations, and e) overall rights for individuals with dyslexia.

Read or download the entire article HERE (18 pages; PDF)


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