New OSERS Guidance on Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia

October 22, 2015

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released new guidance to state and local educational agencies to clarify that students with specific learning disabilities - in particular dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - have unique educational needs. It further clarifies that there is nothing in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in a student's evaluation, determination of eligibility for special education and related services, or in developing the student's individualized education program (IEP).  

AUCD is pleased with this clarification and believe it will help schools and families have better and clearer conversations about student's unique needs. 

For more information, please see this blog post by Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.