ERIC Number: ED493591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Dyslexia Defined. NetNews. Volume 5, Number 2
LDA of Minnesota
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Minnesota has gotten many questions over the years about dyslexia. Examples of questions answered in this issue include: (1) When a learner reverses letters, is this dyslexia? (2) How does one teach an adult with dyslexia? (3) Can dyslexia be cured? and (4) Can GED accommodations be received for dyslexia? Dyslexia is one type of a reading difficulty, but not a separate special education categorical disability. It is included under specific learning disability according to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Dyslexia is believed to be due to faulty wiring in the brain that results in difficulties with phonological processing--the mastery, storage, and retrieval of sound/symbol systems. The effects range from mild to severe. According to organizations such as the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and noted researchers in the field, dyslexia is much more than reversal of letters, numbers, or directions. The diagnosis requires a comprehensive assessment completed by professionals who understand the complexities of the reading process. Other topics covered in this issue of "NetNews" include: (1) Diagnosing Dyslexia; (2) Helping Adults to Read; and (3) Accommodating Dyslexia. [For Volume 5, Number 1 of "NetNews," see ED493590.]
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Processes, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Reading Instruction, Adult Students
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Adult Basic Education Unit.
Authoring Institution: Learning Disabilities Association, Minneapolis, MN.