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Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, specific portions of the brain typically associated with important reading processes may not function in the same ways that they do in individuals without dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty with phonological processing, spelling, or rapid visual-verbal responding. Importantly, dyslexia is related to reading difficulties, not difficulties that arise from intellectual functioning.

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Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia

Featured Resources

Wisconsin Technical Assistance Document on Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Read a technical assistance document related to dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities.

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Pennsylvania Department of Education Dyslexia

Pennsylvania Department of Education

This page includes the Pennsylvania Department of Education's resources related to dyslexia.

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IDEA Definition of Learning Disability

U.S. Government Publishing Office

View the definition of a "learning disability" as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Many students with reading difficulties, including students with dyslexia, will be provided for under the "specific learning disability" category.

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North Dakota Guidelines for the Identification and Evaluation of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

North Dakota Department of Education

Read a guide on identifying students with specific learning disabilities in North Dakota.

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Liaisons

Our liaisons provide technical assistance to Regional Comprehensive Center (RCC) staff so they may better assist SEAs in developing and implementing state and local structures, procedures and policies to address student challenges in learning to read and write.

  • Sarah Sayko: Mid-Atlantic, Appalachia, Texas, and Great Lakes
  • Sheryl Turner: Southeast, Florida and the Islands, and Mid-West
  • Andrea Reade: Northeast, South Central, and Central
  • Brian Gearin: Northwest, Pacific, California, West and North Central

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State of Dyslexia

Dyslexia legislation in the United States of America.

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