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What is Dyslexia?

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“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. Many state education codes, including Arizona, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Ohio and Utah, have adopted this definition.

Arizona Dyslexia Handbook

“Substitute Senate Bill 6016 (SSB 6016) from the 2009 legislative session requests that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provide training to the state’s nine regional Educational Service Districts (ESDs) on the topic of dyslexia and to develop a state dyslexia handbook. Substitute Senate Bill 6016 builds upon the successful implementation of the Lorraine Wojahn Dyslexia Pilot Project, which was authorized in the 2005 legislative session under Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5349 and continued for the 2007–09 biennium in House Bill 1128.” Since that time additional bills have been introduced and passed supporting dyslexia.”

Washington Dyslexia Resource Guide.

Cheryl Anthony helped to introduce SSB 6016 in 2009 which ultimately led to the development of the Washington Dyslexia Resource Guide.

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