Federal Guidance

2nd October, 2018


Melania and I join in recognizing October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month.  We are committed to improving the learning environments and working conditions for all Americans – especially the creative thinkers and great Americans with dyslexia.  We encourage all Americans to learn more about dyslexia, advocate on behalf of children and adults with dyslexia, and to support friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones with this condition.

Dyslexia is a neuro-cognitive learning disorder that affects one’s ability to read, spell, and process speech.  Through early evidence-based reading programs and accommodations, however, individuals with dyslexia can reach their full potential in society and be highly successful students and workers.  Many Americans with dyslexia lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.  They are top industry executives, creators of beautiful masterpieces, inventors of groundbreaking technologies, and defenders of American liberty.

This month, we especially recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals with dyslexia, and pledge to ensure that any child or adult struggling with dyslexia receives the resources needed to succeed in school and excel in any field.  My Administration remains committed to working with families and schools to improve early identification of dyslexia and benefit from advanced research on dyslexia.

Dyslexia need not be a barrier to success.  Our Nation will continue to expand opportunities for every American, especially those striving to succeed with this condition.

BRING THIS LETTER TO YOUR SCHOOL SHARE THE FEDERAL GUIDANCE STATING IT IS OKAY TO “SAY DYSLEXIA”:                          U.S. Department of Education issued guidance on October 23, 2015, wherein it clarifies that “that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.”  Find full guidance document HERE.

When a condition is diagnosed there is a protocol to follow, implementation is important; that’s why we  #SayDyslexia

Calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational
agencies to recognize the significant educational implications
of dyslexia that must be addressed, and designating
October 2017 as ‘‘National Dyslexia Awareness Month’’.
Whereas dyslexia is—
(1) defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for
an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better
reader; and
(2) most commonly caused by a difficulty in phonological
processing (the appreciation of the individual
sounds of spoken language), which affects the ability of
an individual to speak, read, and spell, and often, the
ability to learn a second language;Whereas

Whereas dyslexia is the most common learning disability and
affects 80 percent to 90 percent of all individuals with a
learning disability;
Whereas dyslexia is persistent and highly prevalent, affecting
as many as 1 out of 5 individuals;
Whereas dyslexia is a paradox, in that an individual with dyslexia
may have both—
(1) weaknesses in decoding that result in difficulties
inaccurate or fluent word recognition; and
(2) strengths in higher-level cognitive functions, such
as reasoning, critical thinking, concept formation, or
Whereas great progress has been made in understanding dyslexia
on a scientific level, including the epidemiology and
cognitive and neurobiological bases of dyslexia; and
Whereas early screening for and early diagnosis of dyslexia
are critical for ensuring individuals with dyslexia receive
focused, evidence-based intervention that leads to fluent
reading, promotion of self-awareness and self-empowerment,
and the provision of necessary accommodations
that ensure success in school and in life: Now, therefore,
be it
1 Resolved, That the Senate—
2 (1) calls on Congress, schools, and State and
3 local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia
4 has significant educational implications that must be
5 addressed; and
6 (2) designates October 2017 as ‘‘National Dys-
lexia Awareness Month’’.





President Obama, on February 18, 2016, signed  HR 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act! This act supports important research to further our understanding of dyslexia, including better methods for early detection and teacher training. See text HERE.

September 26th and 27th 2017 the STEM Education, Learning Disabilities and the science of Dyslexia Instructional research group presented its findings from the first year of funded research. The link to the presentations is found here there are many videotaped lectures, power points and documents all presented in easy to understand terms: https://www.inresg.org/stemld 

Learn more about the cutting edge research to be implemented/applied by schools. Reading is essential to success.




September 2014

Panel testifies on Dyslexia with members of Congress:



“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”   Albert Einstein  Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner, Teacher, and Dyslexic.



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