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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.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia

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Louisiana Department of Education

Read an overview of dyslexia as it relates to education in Louisiana.

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U.S. Department of Education

Read the text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and relevant regulations.

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New Jersey Department of Education

View dyslexia resource guides, New Jersey's laws concerning dyslexia, and related information.

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Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform

Use this matrix to evaluate teacher preparation and training programs in the area of evidence-based reading instruction for adolescents in Grades 6-12.

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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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Improving Literacy Briefs

Research summaries and infographics written by our experts.

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State of Dyslexia

Dyslexia legislation in the United States of America.

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Glossary of Terms

A list of definitions of hard or unusual words used in the educational field.

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Upcoming regional professional development, workshops, and conferences.

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