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General Information  
Dyslexia Focus Group  
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Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Adopted by the IDA Board, November 2002)

Student Identification
Guidelines in The Dyslexia Handbook, Revised 2014 Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders are followed in establishing district procedures for assessment, identification and placement of students.

Procedures for assessment, identification and placement of students have been established under §504 guidelines. §504 procedures are implemented when it is determined that dyslexia substantially limits a major life activity. Any time it is suspected that a student requires special education or related services Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guidelines are followed.

The RISD has processes in place to assure that we are serving all students under IDEA who qualify including the following:

  • All evaluations for dyslexia are conducted by diagnosticians or LSSPs who are trained to identify disabilities under IDEA.
  • All evaluations for dyslexia are reviewed by a team that includes experts in the identification of, and services for, disabilities under IDEA.
  • All students who meet IDEA criteria and are determined to have dyslexia have IEPs as well as dyslexia services.

    The RISD Dyslexia program provides reading interventions in the areas of phonemic awareness, graphophonemic knowledge, language structure, and linguistic patterns and processes as mandated in chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28.
RISD Dyslexia Programs
Shannon Suess, Director
701 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75080
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