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SR 761 – Purpose of the Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia

Per the resolution, SR 761, the purpose of the Dyslexia Study Committee is to explore and draw attention to the profound educational impact of dyslexia on the education and lives of countless children, adults, and students in the State of Georgia. Early diagnosis is critical to early remediation with evidence-based intervention. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting approximately one in five individuals and approximately 80 percent of all individuals with a learning disability.

The AJC Article and What YOU Can Do

This past weekend, the AJC ran an article about the efforts of the Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia:

Numerous people have asked what they can do to support these efforts.  Click here to view a letter from IDA-GA’s board president, Karen Huppertz.

Public Meetings of the SR 761 Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia

The meetings of the SENATE STUDY COMMITTEE ON DYSLEXIA have been held in Room 307 at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB), 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Dyslexia Study Committee final meeting for the adoption of the recommendations will be Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 3:00 pm in 307 CLOB. The link to view the meeting is

Recordings of the Past 2018 Meetings of the SR761 GA Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia

Watch, listen, and learn right along with the senators! Hear presentations from experts and public comments by parents and professionals:

Video of Senate Study Committee Meeting, October 19 at 10:25 am
You will need to fast forward to the beginning of the meeting; the meeting started at approximately 25 minutes 25 seconds into the recording.  Also, note that there was a fire drill during the meeting.  Simply fast forward through that adjournment period.

Agenda for the October 19 Meeting
PowerPoints (may be available at this link soon)

Video of Senate Study Committee Meeting, September 14 at 10 am
Southern Regional Education Board Presentation
SREB Reading Screenings
University System of Georgia Presentation
Department of Early Care and Learning Presentation

Video of Senate Study Committee Meeting, August 17 at 10 am
University of Georgia PowerPoint
Dr. Leslie A. Stuart PowerPoint
Georgia Department of Education PowerPoint

Summer 2018 Georgia Legislative Update:  SR761

The Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia, created by Senate Resolution 761 and sponsored by Senator Fran Millar, will work throughout the year to study community-based solutions to better identify and meet the needs of Georgia’s dyslexic students.

On June 29, Georgia’s Lt. Governor Cagle appointed the following Senators to the committee:
Chairman Fran Millar, Matt Brass, and Gloria Butler.

On July 27, Governor Nathan Deal made an additional two appointments:
Dr. Leslie Stuart, clinical psychologist and former board member for the International Dyslexia Association GA, and Mr. Garry McGiboney, deputy state superintendent for external affairs and policy at the Georgia Department of Education.

Are you interested in getting involved?  Decoding Dyslexia Georgia (DDGA), one of the International Dyslexia Association GA’s partners, has a Legislative Task Force with volunteer opportunities. DDGA is part of a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within the public education system.

IDA-GA looks forward to assisting the Senate Study Committee and the efforts of DDGA’s Legislative Task Force.

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March 28, 2018  By now we hope you have heard the EXCITING NEWS: GA Senate Resolution 761 passed to create a study group for including dyslexia in the state education code! Thanks to each of you for joining IDA in contacting your legislators!

We plan to be part of the effort to form this committee – and we will look to you, our parents and partners, for guidance and support.

Along with our partners, Decoding Dyslexia Georgia and others, we will be supporting the following goals:

• A universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code
• Mandatory teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs, and appropriate intervention strategies
• Mandatory early screening tests for dyslexia
• Mandatory dyslexia remediation programs, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
• Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia

Read the resolution here:

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Laws and Local Policies

What are the dyslexia laws in states across the United States? (Scroll down to the map of the US.  Click the state to view state laws.)

US Department of Education, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) Information
Includes Statute and Regulations

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Letter October 25, 2015
The purpose of this letter is to clarify 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.

Georgia Department of Education, Division of Special Education

Georgia Department of Education, SB-10 Information

Georgia Department of Education, Special Education Rules

Georgia Department of Education, Implementation Manual

Georgia Department of Education, Legal Mandates for Assistive Technology

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