[NPR] Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named
Part 4 of the series: “Unlocking Dyslexia.”
Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word “dyslexia.”
She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word.
As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools are required to provide special services to help these students — things like reading tutors and books on tape. But those special services can be expensive, and many schools don’t have the resources to provide these accommodations.
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