Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina


Federal Laws

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2014) Guide to Parents Rights and Responsibilities

A Response to Intervention (RTI) Process Cannot Be Used to Delay-Deny an Evaluation for Eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services RTI Memo

U.S. Department of Education guidance letter on Dyslexia
Guidance Letter

The first Federal law addressing dyslexia, Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) H.R. 3033 is signed into law 2/18/2016!

The READ Act, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), supports important research to further our understanding of dyslexia, including better methods for early detection and teacher training.
Press Release

Senate Resolution 275 passed unanimously on 10/7/2015.

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan resolution S. Res. 275. designating October 2015 as “National Dyslexia Awareness Month,” recognizing that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed.

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a field hearing on Dyslexia.
Cassidy: Common Core and PARCC Assessment Wrong for Students with Dyslexia 
Hearing Press Release from Bill Cassidy

Testimony was given by Dr. Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D and Dr.Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D.
Testimony on the science of dyslexia

Bipartisan Dyslexia Congressional Congress sends U.S. Department of Education letter to “Clarify Current Law on Dyslexia Resources”

The letter states: “On behalf of children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in our districts, we request that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issue guidance to states and school districts regarding the use of the term ‘dyslexia.’… Despite the prevalence of dyslexia among students, parents nationwide have discovered that some states and school districts will not include – the word “dyslexia” in a students’ Individualized Educational Program (IEP). In many cases, parents have been told that their state does not “recognize” dyslexia; and instead only uses the term ‘specific learning disability.’

“Families in our Congressional districts rely on access to a high quality education for their children with dyslexia. We look forward to your ensuring that the millions of students with dyslexia receive the evidence-based instruction and interventions needed to succeed in school and life.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

U.S. Department of Education issues guidance letter on Dyslexia in response

If your child has an IEP and you have been told by their school that you cannot use the diagnosis dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia in their IEP please let them know that IDEA does allow this and show them this guidance letter from the U.S. Department of Education.
Guidance Letter

 Dyslexia ESEA NCLB Amendment Defeated in Senate 2015

This amendment from Senator  Bill Cassidy, would have ensured better supports for students with dyslexia. FAILED 10-12  

Thank you North Carolina Senator Richard Burr for supporting this bill.

Senator Bill Cassidy Questions Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Dyslexia.

Open Letter to the Secretary of Education on his “lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.” by Kyle Redford