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Monday, June 04, 2007



UK Sunday Mail columnist Peter Hitchens asks, 'Does dyslexia exist?'

Liz Ditz

Thanks for the comment.

I saw that, and responded to Elliott here.

I am always amazed at the difference in approach to the diagnosis and remediation of dyslexia between the more enlightened parts of the US & the rest of the English-speaking world.

In the US, accommodations for academic work are controlled in three ways. In grades k-12, a law known as IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) forms the framework. In terms of national university-admissions tests, a firm known as the College Board sets the standard and allocates accommodations. The process is quite strict, and less than 3% of test-takers received accommodations such as extra time. Finally, once a student is in university, the individual institutions set what they will, or will not allow.

Back to k-12 education. The situation is quite variable, as local education agencies (LEAs) have a lot of leeway. Some use the term "dyslexia" others use "specific learning disability--reading".

Some LEAs have very robust screening and remediation programs. Some don't.

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