Department of Education Defines Dyslexia

As National Dyslexia Awareness Month comes to an end, we reflect on how all students can be academically successful if given the appropriate resources. A dyslexic’s potential can continue to be acknowledged and provided the resources for classroom success.

On October 23, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services published a letter providing guidance to states and schools on learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia.

“Ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities is a critical responsibility for all of us,” Michael K. Yudlin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote.

The letter addresses the requirements regarding school district’s concern on intervention and diagnosis of the learning disability. Its purpose was to clarify that there is no prohibition of the term “dyslexia” in evaluation, eligibility determination or IEP documents.

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) indicates that every child with a specific learning disability could qualify for academic accommodations.

“I hope this clarification is helpful to both parents and practitioners in ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities.” Yudlin wrote.

Read the full letter at