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No Services For Dyslexics??? #437302 07/22/08 01:26 AM
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I have a question. I'm hearing from more and more friends with children in different school systems that the schools are refusing to provide services for dyslexia. Dyslexia is specifically mentioned in the federal special education laws, and in most cases the states.

How common is this problem? With approximately 20% of the population struggling with dyslexia my mind boggles that schools are ignoring this situation.

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Paula Laurita] #437305 07/22/08 01:41 AM
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I've heard this rumbling from parents also. I'm not sure if they're not providing services at all, though; or if the districts (here at least) have just moved to using regular classroom reading specialists to do this job.

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Lynn_B] #437338 07/22/08 06:46 AM
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I do know in Calif. that the student is assessed by a specialist from a classroom teacher recommendation.

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Susan Helene Kramer] #446733 08/24/08 03:33 AM
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I have a son w/Dyslexia. It was a nightmare and I live in a state that recognizes it but classifies it seperately from special education. My son was placed in a room with a computer and a teachers aide. The aide worked crossword puzzles while my son attempted to teach himself. They have since strengthened the wording of the state guidelines and they specifically say computer programs alone are not sufficient. The dyslexia "specialist" at our school had NO training in any recognized remediation program. Her mantra was "he needs to try"
We ended up paying for private tutoring and changing school districts. Some parents don't have these resources or even know what the schools are required to do. I had lots to learn and now speak out every chance I get. I still feel my anger rising when I think about what we dealt with for 2 years, while trying to work with the school. Luckily I had a teacher from another school point us in the right direction. I recommend www.wrightslaw.com to any parent dealing with education problems.
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Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: juliegee] #446750 08/24/08 09:09 AM
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Thank you for contributing your experience and sharing the link.

Susan

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Susan Helene Kramer] #446791 08/24/08 01:11 PM
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My daughter is dyslexic and she cannot get any services via the public education system because she is not flunking. Before no child left behind she could get some special help and consideration, but after, she could not.

She gets OK grades, she has a 3.2 gpa (she's in 11th grade) but it is very difficult for her due to her dyslexia. They no longer allow her to take oral tests, and haven't for years. I have taken her to a private specialist in the past and that helped some, but the public system is no help at all.

She could be a 4.0 student. Basically the public school system has completely ruined my daughter's love of learning and education since no child left behind.


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Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Stephanie - Weight Loss] #446894 08/25/08 05:10 AM
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Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear that but not every state is like yours. In California, at present, with an official diagnoses of dyslexia college students can take exams in quiet space for a longer period of time. For her college, check out the accomodations of your local community college and of nearby states. Good luck!

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Susan Helene Kramer] #447311 08/27/08 02:02 AM
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Most colleges have a student services office that will help with accomodations. My 11th grader is taking dual credit this year and no problems. Note taker, xtended time on tests. We did have to provide recent eval documenting his learning differences. Much easier than public school!!

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: juliegee] #447313 08/27/08 02:08 AM
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Yes, in the US the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) helps insure that students will have somewhat equal access to higher education institutions. Colleges are required to make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If the college cannot fiscally afford an accommodation, they will usually work with the student and a logal agency to see that services are provided as best as they can be provided.

Re: No Services For Dyslexics??? [Re: Lynn_B] #461260 10/21/08 12:57 AM
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I am happy to hear that! I'm actually not that worried about college, but the public school system has been a pain. I home schooled her for a time and taught her to read myself. I knew she'd never learn what she needed in school.


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