ISBE has officially posted a dyslexia resource page which includes Federal and State guidance regarding dyslexia, an MTSS document on best practices and a toolkit which includes information on screening tools, programs and research along with multiple links. http://isbe.net/spec-ed/html/dyslexia.htm
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In February, Decoding Dyslexia Illinois joined hands with the Dyslexia Buddy Network, Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville, Peoria/Tazwell Dyslexia Awareness Network and Everyone Reading Illinois to form the Illinois Dyslexia & Literacy Coalition. We are focused legislative change for our children with dyslexia in Illinois schools.
It’s been a long road, but on January 13th the definition of dyslexia was officially put into the Illinois State Education Code. We hope that this is the first step toward change for students with dyslexia in Illinois. We need to continue to push our legislators for reading reform. We will not stop until we make changes in our teacher prep programs, mandate early screening and evidence based intervention and get our kids access to the assistive technology they need
At the Illinois State Board of Educations last meeting, the following amendments were approved to submit to the State Education Code. There’s one more step in the process but hopefully everything will be finalized by the end of the year. Great work advocating for this parents!! Hopefully we can get to work on an early screening and professional development bill sometime soon! -The International Dyslexia Associations definition of dyslexia. along with, -“In accordance with 34 CFR 300.8(b)(10), dyslexia is one