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Dyslexia Resources

Dyslexia is a type of learning disability. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. It is specifically cited as an example of a learning disability in the implementing regulations of the IDEA and in the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act, under the definition of specific learning disability. In its more severe forms, a student with dyslexia may qualify for special education services, special accommodations, or extra support services.

If you have questions about dyslexia and the statutes and regulations governing eligibility for special education services, please contact the KSDE Special Education Services Team.

Dyslexia - Dear Colleague Letter from OSERS October 23, 2015 (PDF)
Dyslexia within MTSS (PDF)
Dyslexia:  What Families Need to Know (PDF)
Khan Academy (external link)
Using CBM-Reading Assessments to Monitor Progress (external link)
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (external link)
   -IDA Fact Sheets (external link)
   -IDA Definition of Dyslexia (external link)
   -IDA Multisensory Structured Language Teaching (external link)
   -IDA Parent's Guide to Effective Instruction (external link)
   -IDA Testing and Evaluation (external link)
   -IDA Dyslexia Basics (external link)

Kansas Parent Information and Resource Centers

Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC)

DRC is an advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities.  DRC also educates policymakers on needed improvements to the law, programs and public policy.

Families Together, Inc.
Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that assists parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities.  Each year, Families Together Inc. provides, without fees, direct support to more than 12,000 Kansas families.

Infinitec
The Mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology.  The Infinitec staff helps people with disabilities find and get access to information, technology services, training, assistive equipment and specialists by creating partnerships that maximize resources.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)
KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of education and provides information and resources to help parents, educators and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.

Keys for Networking, Inc.
Keys serves and empowers parent clients through the programs listed to assist with children and adolescents who have behavioral, education, emotional, mental health, physical health, and substance abuse problems.

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Director
Colleen Riley
criley@ksde.org


Assistant Director
Doug Boline
dboline@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Sandy Guidry
sguidry@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag
khaag@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Tammy Mitchell
tmitchell@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Vera Stroup-Rentier
vstroup-rentier@ksde.org

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