What is Dyslexia?

Administrator's Edition

Current research indicates that as many as 20% of the students in your school have some characteristics of dyslexia.

With many states passing legislation that mandates training for teachers and screening for students, knowing where to start and how to implement appropriately may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there is now a great deal of information about dyslexia and a much greater focus on training and support. Finding the resources to improve your own understanding of dyslexia, as well as that of your faculty, is an important first step.

Where to Start?

Provide basic information and PD resources to teachers and staff about dyslexia. Many teachers have not received training on the characteristics of dyslexia and how to identify these characteristics in their students. A free webcast that provides a wealth of resources and explains brain research and characteristics of dyslexia for administrators and educators is available here:

Dyslexia: What Every Educator Should Know

A very useful publication, available from the international Dyslexia Association, is Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems (Moats & Dakin).

Identify resources that can provide information about new legislative requirements or state education department mandates. More information on state-by-state dyslexia laws can be found on the International Dyslexia Association website here.

Feel free to download our free Dyslexia white paper and training resources to help make your school accessible for students with Dyslexia.

Download our free dyslexia resource

Feel free to download our free Dyslexia e-book titled 8 Tips for Helping Students with Dyslexia that you can share with your teachers.