October 22, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

State Dyslexia Handbooks: Give Me the Basics!

Your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia and you’re scouring the web looking for “help for dyslexic students” and “dyslexia parent resources”, when you come upon a dyslexia handbook put out by a state. What is it? What its purpose?

Many, but not all, state dyslexia handbooks came about with the passing of specific state dyslexia laws. All states have to provide the rights and protections provided within the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); some states provide more than the federal minimum. However, not all states identify and help students with dyslexia the same way. Some states, in order to inform teachers and parents the process for identifying and helping children with dyslexia in their state, have put out a dyslexia handbook.

Dyslexia handbooks put out by a state, usually contain a few key sections: A state definition of dyslexia, Procedures for screening and intervention, A description of effective reading instruction, Ways to support and monitor student progress, and Additional resources. Not all state handbooks are created equal.

I’ve been putting together a list of the state dyslexia handbooks I have been able to find online and will share it below. I hope to periodically update it as more handbooks are created/come online.

New Hampshire
New Jersey
South Dakota

If I missed one, please share and I’ll add it to the list!