Although dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the United States, many students with dyslexia still struggle to obtain the help and support they need in school. There are several reasons for this, but a recent article highlighted one critical reason that could be affecting students now.
Lack of effective services affecting students across the state
According to LAist, many California teachers and schools are hesitant to include the term “dyslexia” in an independent education plan (IEP), even if the child:
- Displays clear symptoms and signs of dyslexia
- Has obtained a diagnosis
This leads students with dyslexia to receive ineffective services and support. In turn, these students may show little progress. It is not quite clear why educators avoid the term “dyslexia,” but it is impacting students statewide.
How can this be fixed?
Although there is a state law requiring schools to identify students with dyslexia and provide appropriate services to these students, many students are still not receiving the services they need. So, what are the possible ways to remedy this?
Lawmakers, educators and families are working for certain changes, including:
- Statewide screenings for dyslexia
- A more unified approach to teaching students with dyslexia
- Increased training for teachers as well as resources for students
These may be strategies that bring widespread change to California; however, what about the struggles of individual students?
Parents can take action too
As a parent of a child with an IEP, you have the right to review your child’s IEP document and challenge any aspects with which you disagree. This includes your child’s IEP goals, placement, and/or the services they receive.
Unfortunately, a diagnosis of dyslexia itself does not ensure students receive services or an IEP. Even so, you can advocate for your child so that their IEP does address their proper diagnosis to help them obtain accommodations and services catered to their needs.