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Dyslexia & The Law

The Essential Components of Reading as defined by the Federal Government 20 U.S. Code § 6368 - Definitions.

Reading instruction in the general education classroom should include the explicit teaching of the essential components of reading.

*Explicit teaching means the teacher is using direct instruction to teach these skills. It is not left up to the child to discover. Once the teacher explains the skills, it is important that children practice and that the teacher is engaged in progress monitoring to identify weaknesses.

If your child's school states, "we do not use the term dyslexia," remind them what the federal government has defined as a specific learning disability.

Federal guidance Letter on Dyslexia-Print this copy if your child's school states they do not say the term dyslexia. Note, the special education category SLD Reading refers to Dyslexia.


Dyslexia is the most prevalent and well-recognized of the sub-types of specific learning disabilities. -The National Center for Learning Disabilities