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 Dyslexia


​​​​​​The definition of dyslexia adopted by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) states: “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Dyslexia Updates

As of May 2019, Governor Kemp signed Senate Bill 48 into law.  SB48 provides for identification of and support for students in kindergarten through third grade with dyslexia.

For information about the Dyslexia Endorsement, contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

 

GaDOE Dyslexia Workshop [Video]

Watch a video of Dr. Caitlin Dooley talking about dyslexia during a workshop conducted at Augusta University on December 9, 2019.​


GaPSC Approved Dyslexia Endorsement Programs (Updated on 8/6/2020)

Please contact the program provider or refer to GAPSC Approved Dyslexia Endorsement Programs for updates and further information.

 

Georgia's Dyslexia Pilot Program

Per Senate Bill 48, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the State School Superintendent shall establish a three-year pilot program to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of early reading assistance programs for students with risk factors for dyslexia.

The Dyslexia Pilot Program consists of the following districts:

​​     1.  Charlton County School District
     2.  City Schools of Decatur
     3.  DeKalb County School District
     4.  Jackson County School District
     5.  Marietta City Schools
     6.  Muscogee County School District
     7.   ​Ware County School District

Resources to Support Georgia's Dyslexia Pilot Program can be found below:

Educator Resources

 

Parent Information Resources

The following websites offer parent friendly resources concerning dyslexia.

 

Dyslexia Presentations

The link to access archived dyslexia professional learning sessions can be found here.

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 Contact Information

Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.
State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports
Email: zsmith@doe.k12.ga.us

Belinda Tiller
Special Education,
Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 308-8147
Email: belinda.tiller@doe.k12.ga.us

Franeka Colley, Ed.S.
Content Integration,
Special Education Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 657-2461
Email: franeka.colley@doe.k12.ga.us

 Dyslexia Informational Handbook