Laws and guidelines
Many states have enacted laws and guidelines spelling out how schools can help students with dyslexia.
Such laws vary by state.
According to understood.org, a website on learning and attention issues founded by 15 nonprofit organizations, they generally address issues such as:
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- The definition of dyslexia
- Early screening and identification in K3
- Procedures for screening and intervention
- Professional development
- Training in teacher preparation programs
- Accommodations and support for students who are dyslexic or at risk; and
- Funding, according to understood.org, a website on learning and attention issues founded by 15 nonprofit organizations.
One of the earliest laws, adopted by Texas in 1985, required schools to screen and treat dyslexia. As a result of additional legislation passed over the years, Texas issued a 152-page dyslexia handbook in 2014, spelling out laws, procedures and research.
This year, the California State Department of Education issued the California Dyslexia Guidelines. The 118-page handbook, which is not binding, covers a wide range of topics, from neuroscience to effective instructional techniques.
Eleanor Chute is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.