This is a great article from Decoding Dyslexia Arizona about what to do when you suspect that your child has dyslexia. “I Think My Child Might Have Dyslexia, Where Do I Start?”
Also, as a North Carolina parent be sure to read the Procedural Safeguards: Handbook of Parents’ Rights for North Carolina public schools. This is a must read! As a parent you can initiate an evaluation for your child in their school. If you feel that your child needs to be evaluated for dyslexia and receive special education, put your request in writing to start the official IEP (Individualized Education Program) process. Don’t let your concerns be ignored or passed over. Written documentation will provide both you and the school with a record of your concerns and ideas.
IDEA is the federal law concerning dyslexia in schools. If you are just starting this process we recommend that you get familiar with this law.
The Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2014) IDEA Parent Guide.
Note: North Carolina does define “dyslexia” in Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Guidance Letter on Dyslexia
can not disallow the diagnoses of dyslexia on IEPs.