One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia. It is a "receptive language-based learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with decoding, fluent word recognition, rapid automatic naming, and/or reading comprehension skills," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It has been an officially identified disorder since 1881.
We frequently write about the legal protections and opportunities afforded to students with special educational needs by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It is important to note however that certain provisions of IDEA remain controversial, even among parents of children who benefit from this important special education law.