One of the new laws created during the 2014 legislative session focused on dyslexia. The legislation defined this as an educational diagnosis and so it was added to Iowa Education Code. Dyslexia is defined as “a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading, including but not limited to phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension that is not solely accounted for by intellectual disability, sensory disability or impairment or lack of appropriate instruction.”
Iowa’s Area Education Agencies created these resources for school leaders:
- Details of the dyslexia legislation and how Iowa’s AEAs support struggling readers;
- Learn more about dyslexia; and
- Early Literacy Guidance Dyslexia Checklist – resources and talking points.
At AEA 267, Dr. Carol Sensor and Kim Swartz have been designated as your resources when you receive a request for support for a student struggling with dyslexia. Please contact either Carol or Kim to discuss the request so that together you can decide how best to respond.