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Can Schools Say "Dyslexia"? (U.S. Department of Education Interview)

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Published on Nov 23, 2015

Can schools say “dyslexia”? What about terms like “dysgraphia” or “dyscalculia”?

It’s always been OK for schools to use terms like “dyslexia” in special education evaluations and IEPs. The same is true of “dysgraphia” and “dyscalculia.” And in a 2015 guidance letter, the U.S. Department of Education encouraged states and school systems nationwide to use these terms when appropriate.

Read about the guidance letter: https://www.understood.org/en/communi...

Get a copy of the guidance letter:
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/gui...

What does the guidance letter mean for your child? Watch an interview with Michael Yudin, who served as a top official for special education at the U.S. Department of Education. Yudin was interviewed by Lindsay Jones, Esq., of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Below are some of the topics discussed in this interview, along with time stamps.

00:12 Michael Yudin introduction

00:58 Background on the U.S. Department of Education

02:32 Relationship of special education to general education

03:05 Why the U.S. Department of Education issued the guidance letter

05:43 Can schools use the term “dyslexia”?

07:39 The “I” in the IEP

09:33 Does using the term “dyslexia” change the IEP?

11:53 Will “specific learning disability” still appear on IEPs?

14:19 Can you take the letter to an IEP meeting?

16:00 U.S. Department of Education work on evidence-based interventions

21:12 What is IDEA’s greatest accomplishment for kids with disabilities?

24:35 Teacher preparation and differentiated instruction

27:25 Example of differentiated instruction for a child with dyslexia

28:38 The importance of access to the general education curriculum

31:38 Setting goals to help close a child’s achievement gap

34:29 High expectations and grade-level standards

36:57 The IEP is the heart of special education

37:40 Parents as agents of change

Helpful links:

FAQs on the Government Letter on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia
https://www.understood.org/en/communi...

“Should I Ask My Child’s IEP Team to Use the Term Dyslexia?”
https://www.understood.org/en/school-...

National Center for Learning Disabilities
https://www.ncld.org/?utm_source=yout...

For information on special education, visit the IEP boot camp https://www.understood.org/en/school-...

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