In Defense of the Truth: A Reply to 57 Reading Voices on the Issue of Dyslexia, by Dr. Dykstra

Dyslexia is real and relevant.  Thanks to Steven P. Dykstra, PhD for providing the following guidance to the Decoding Dyslexia State Chapters.Decoding Dyslexia CA

You may or may not be aware of a letter from 57 backers of balanced literacy sent to officials of the Public Broadcasting System, taking issue with the way PBS covered “What Parents of Dyslexic Children are Teaching Schools about Literacy”.  The letter is now in wide distribution and is being promoted by Reading Recovery as well as the ILA and its state organizations.  If it hasn’t come to your state or been sent to your legislators, it will be.  

Attached you will find a well-written, point-by-point response from Dr. Steven P. Dykstra, including the letter to PBS and other documents.  Please share this widely so we can dispel some of the erroneous information surrounding dyslexia that is being circulated.

Section 504 Plans Can Include Services!

 

DDCA has been receiving many questions regarding Section 504 Plans for students with dyslexia.  In particular, there is a common misunderstanding that students with dyslexia that have a 504 Plan can only receive accommodations.  Did you know that Section 504 Plans can include services and assistive technology as well?

DDCA is providing links with helpful resources including several of our You Asked! questions regarding Section 504.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Frequently Asked Questionsabout Section 504:

  1. What services are available for students with disabilities under Section 504?

Section 504 requires recipients to provide to students with disabilities appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities are met. An appropriate education for a student with a disability under the Section 504 regulations could consist of education in regular classrooms, education in regular classes with supplementary services, and/or special education and related services.

(Source:  UNITED STATES DEP’T OF EDUC., OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: REQUIREMENTS UNDER SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 (2010), available at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html.)

Other You Asked! questions on Section 504 are listed below:

You Asked! Q10

You Asked! Q17

You Asked! Q18

 

 

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