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DYSLEXIA AND RELATED DISORDERS

The Board shall ensure that procedures are implemented for identifying and providing appropriate instructional services to students for dyslexia and related disorders, in accordance with the State Board of Education’s Dyslexia Handbook:  Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders.

Screening, Identification and Testing

Screening should be done only by individuals who are trained to assess students for dyslexia and related disorders, and will include an LSSP and/or a certified diagnostician who is familiar with assessment considerations for blind and visually impaired students.  

Before an identification or assessment procedure is used selectively with an individual student, local district shall notify the student's parent or guardian or another person standing in parental relation to the student through the student’s ARD meeting.

A process for early identification, intervention, and support for students at risk for dyslexia and related disorders must be available, as outlined in the Dyslexia Handbook.

Intervention

The School shall provide each identified student access to instructional programs required at Reading Program below and to the services of a teacher trained in visual impairment and dyslexia and related disorders.  A local ISD may, with the approval of each student’s parents or guardians, offer additional services at a centralized location, but centralized services shall not preclude each student from receiving services at his or her campus.

Reading Program

TSBVI shall purchase a reading program or develop its own reading program that is aligned with the descriptors in the Dyslexia Handbook and consistent with recommendations for students with visual impairments.

Teachers who screen provide intervention to these students must be trained in instructional strategies that utilize individualized, intensive, multisensory, phonetic methods and a variety of writing and spelling components described in the Dyslexia Handbook.  The professional development activities specified by the ARD committee shall include these instructional strategies.

Reassessment

Unless otherwise provided by law, a student determined to have dyslexia during screening or testing or accommodated because of dyslexia, may not be rescreened or retested for dyslexia for the purpose of reassessing the student’s need for accommodations until the School reevaluates the information obtained from previous screening or testing of the student.

Notice to Parents

The local school district shall inform parents and guardians of students eligible under Section 504 [see FB] of all services and options available to the student under the law th.

Parent Education

The local school district shall provide a parent education program for parents and guardians of students with dyslexia and related disorders.  This program should include awareness of characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders; information on testing and diagnosis of dyslexia; information on effective strategies for teaching dyslexic students; and awareness of information on modifications, especially modifications allowed on standardized testing.  TSBVI will share information regarding testing accommodations for dyslexic and/or blind and visually impaired students.

Education Code 38.003; 19 TAC 74.28

Adopted:         7/12/85

Amended: