After decades of limited access to dyslexia resources, recent activity has generated exciting new options.
In just the last ten years, there has been a proliferation of research findings regarding the cause and nature of reading difficulties and these studies have consistently pointed to dyslexia as the primary factor. This research indicates that as many as 20% of U.S. children have some characteristics of dyslexia and most likely accounts for much of the adult illiteracy rate as well.
With this more complete understanding of dyslexia comes an overwhelming amount of information. An internet search of dyslexia currently yields approximately 16 million results spanning a wide array of subtopics aimed at parents, educators, and researchers.
Sorting through this information can be a daunting task, but for the first time there are abundant dyslexia resources including books, articles and scientific papers, instructional materials, and intervention programs. Selection of dyslexia resources should be done with care, however, and only research-based interventions implemented with fidelity should be considered.
One of the most important outcomes of the focus on dyslexia has been legislation passed in more than half of all states or expected to be passed soon. In addition, the READ Act federal legislation was signed in 2016. These laws generally address on or more main areas:
- Early identification of children and students with dyslexia
- Professional development about dyslexia for teachers and administrators
- Curricula development and evidence-based educational tools for children with dyslexia
- Implementation and scaling of successful models of dyslexia intervention with appropriate dyslexia resources