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)
Eligibility Indicators (PDF) updated June 2017
Evaluation/Eligibility Report Checklist (PDF)
Disability History and Awareness: a resource guide (PDF)
Guide for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (PDF)
KSDE Policy Statement on Employment First (PDF)
Learning Disability and Dyslexia - Q&A (PDF)
Kansas Special Education Process Handbook
Most IEP related documents are located on the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) website.
Considerations for Specially Designed Instruction (PDF)
Assuring the Documentation of Frequency, Location, and Duration of Accommodations on the IEP (PDF)
Transition Memo from Rod Bieder 8-30-05 (PDF)
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.
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.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDE)
National Center for Special Education Personnel & Related Service Providers (Personnel Center)
NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know (PDF)
State Respite Coalition Fact Sheets, Updated Compendium for 2017 (external PDF)
United States Department of Education (USDE)
USDE-Office of Civil Rights (504 Information) telephone 816-268-0550
USDE-O.S.E.P. Office of Special Education Programs
Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)
Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team
Main Team Page
Reports and Collections
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)
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