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USDOE to Schools: Use Terms “Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dyscalculia” in IEPs! @Ryan_Masa @cdcowen @lawrenceschool

January 30, 2017

It’s always been OK to say “dyslexia,” “dysgraphia” or “dyscalculia” in an IEP. But now the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is encouraging states and school systems nationwide to use these terms when appropriate. They’re also reminding them that there’s nothing in the law that says they shouldn’t use those words.

On October 23, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) clarified the use of these terms in a Dear Colleague letter. That letter encourages states to remind their districts to use the terms in IEPs, at IEP meetings and in evaluations used in determining eligibility for special education services.

The letter also encourages:

States and districts “to consider situations where it would be appropriate to use the terms to address the child’s unique, identified needs”
States “to review their policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that they do not prohibit the use of the terms”
States to remind their districts of “the importance of addressing the unique educational needs of children with specific learning disabilities resulting from dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia”



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