FOR PARENTS

The longer you're on this journey, the more tools you develop as you learn more about how to advocate for your child.  

We will share the tools we've found to help you navigate this road here on this page.  Some will be physical attached documents and PDFs and some will be links to specific resources.

To start off we recommend listening to a podcast by Emily Hanford on APM Reports that sheds light on proper reading instruction.

Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read

https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read

At A Loss for Words: What's Wrong With How Schools Teach Reading

https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/08/22/whats-wrong-how-schools-teach-reading

If you want to go straight to the Apple podcast here is the link:

Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hard-words-why-arent-our-kids-being-taught-to-read/id1131751310?i=1000419471040

At A Loss for Words: What's Wrong With How Schools Teach Reading

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/educate/id81914987?i=1000447498297&fbclid=IwAR2DDsQG77L2du5KW7T4bq1seoEL-tXOA530avLw-TMPq8alRaj08qdmNXg

We welcome your feedback as we both learn ourselves and work to serve you, and we appreciate your patience as we explore dyslexia resources across the country and expand our state findings.  

Since we started in Texas, that's what we know the best, but we are young and growing quickly.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:

Did you know that the Fed issued a guidance letter in 2015?

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/idea/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/guidance-on-dyslexia-10-2015.pdf

Is your child enrolled in private school and you'd like guidance?

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/idea04.pdf

TEXAS:

In 2018 the Federal Department of Education issued a report citing the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) lack of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This comes after the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department initiated monitoring following reports about the significant decline in the number of children identified as children with disabilities eligible for special education and related services in Texas. 

 

This finding may be found at the following link:

https://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/partbdmsrpts/dms-tx-b-2017-letter.pdf

 

This link includes the cover letter and full report. 

The documents below will assist you in navigating the school process if you choose to have your child supported under IDEA, meaning Special Education with an Individualized Education Plan or IEP.  

Remember, Special Education is a service, not a place.  As someone near and dear to our hearts stated, "Our son has to be taught a certain way to learn, or course that means he belongs in Special Education."

 

The Texas Dyslexia Handbook revision was published in October, 2018.  The online version, as well as a link to purchase a printed and bound version is at the following link:

https://tea.texas.gov/academics/dyslexia/

The TEA has a PowerPoint that coincides with a Webinar they presented on Dyslexia and Related Disorders in the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

 

Here is the link to the PowerPoint:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Dyslexia%20and%20Related%20Disorders%20in%20the%20Individualized%20Education%20Program%20presentation_508%20compliant.pdf

Here is the link to the Webinar:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4279769145135013891

The TEA's guidance on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia in the Individualized Education Program:

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Dyslexia%20in%20the%20IEP%206.3_accessible%208.1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0rHsoXNFIBXCklcYJlAEsZsdpsuEGdbKgSTxQKTrqCVUrjKcRRso6i0_w

June 6th TEA Letter

Template to request a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) of your child

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