Dyslexia laws in the USA

Martha Youman, Nancy Mather

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Throughout the various states of the USA, the appropriate identification of dyslexia and the timely provision of interventions are characterized by variability and inconsistency. Several states have recognized the existence of this disorder and the well-established need for services. These states have taken proactive steps to implement laws and regulations for both identification and treatment, and the provision of equal access to students who are diagnosed with dyslexia. The majority of states, however, have not developed such laws and guidelines. The purposes of this article are to review the present status and content of these dyslexia laws, highlight some differences among the laws and regulations across states, and suggest strategies for initiating such laws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-153
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of Dyslexia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Dyslexia eligibility
  • Dyslexia identification
  • Dyslexia laws
  • Dyslexia legislation
  • Dyslexia treatments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Speech and Hearing


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