Dyslexia support for students is governed by a combination of federal and state laws, providing a roadmap for necessary services. While not perfect, these laws guide families and schools. Both educators and families must learn the laws and regulations, and assessments are necessary to identify needs and build goals that will guide services.
There is nothing in state or federal law that would prohibit the use of dyslexia on a child’s IEP or 504 plan. In October 2015, the US Department of Education’s Dear Colleague letter clarified that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.