Texas Dyslexia Handbook November 2018

The revisions to the handbook was approved by the SBOE in November 2018. According to TEA “The updates address recent legislative changes and clarify processes regarding identification and services for students, including students with dysgraphia. The updated Dyslexia Handbook is effective immediately.”

Click here to for more information and to download your copy.

Accommodations: Dyslexia

Dyslexia AccomWe are continuing with our series on accommodations.  Today’s post focuses on accommodations for Dyslexia.

Again this list is general in nature and does not cover all possible accommodations for Dyslexia.

  • Have student repeat directions
  • Learning Ally
  • Daily routines
  • Graphic organizers
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Simultaneously present verbal and visual information
  • Tape recorder
  • Clarify and simplify written directions
  • Chunk assignments
  • Highlight important information
  • Page markers
  • Reading guides
  • Copy of notes
  • Present new material in small sequential steps
  • Present information using multiple modalities
  • Mnemonics
  • Preview, Review, and Summarize all new and previous lessons
  • Calendar
  • Allow student to dictate answers
  • Small group testing
  • Additional time to complete tests and assignments
  • Provide a scribe
  • Spell checker
  • Color coding relevant information
  • Check lists
  • Reader for tests

More Information:

The Texas Dyslexia Handbook Revised 2014

Here is a link to the final version of the Texas Dyslexia Handbook:

Click to access TEA_Dyslexia_Handbook_08%2004%2014_Final.pdf

What is the TA&D Network?

TA&D stands for Technical Assistance & Dissemination network. TA&D networks include projects funded by the OSEP. The TA&D website states that “these projects provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, educational professionals and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportionate representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support and transition.”  Each center has a particular focus or field that they have expertise in.  Click here for a list of TA&D centers.

One TA&D center is NICHCY or National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.  It has been an excellent source of information and training for several years.  NICHCY recently lost its funding and the website will no longer be available after September 30, 2014.  Most of the resources and information on NICHCY will be transitioned to the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.  There will be some products and resources that will not be available on the new website.  If you have not visited NICHCY, I would encourage you to do so and to download any resources that you think will be helpful in advocating for your child.

I will highlight another TA&D Center in my next post.

 

Understanding Dysgraphia Fact Sheet

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written language to express their thoughts.

Below is a link to a fact sheet that the International Dyslexia Association has produced to help people understand dysgraphia.

Click to access Understanding_Dysgraphia_Fact_Sheet_12-01-08.pdf