We have come a very long way in Tennessee since I began my dyslexia journey in 2015. I was told then that Tennessee did not even recognize dyslexia and now we have a Say Dyslexia Law, a Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council that meets quarterly and a Tennessee Dyslexia Guide. I hope you will check out all these important Tennessee resources.
There is lots of great information on the Decoding Dyslexia – TN website. It has tons of important information on Dyslexia in Tennessee. I hope that you will explore that website for tons of information on:
If you have questions, please contact me or reach our to the Tennessee Department of Education’s Dyslexia Help Line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Dyslexia in Tennessee:
- In the State of Tennessee, dyslexia falls under the umbrella of “Specific Learning Disability” (SLD). Schools in Tennessee diagnose students with SLD not dyslexia.
- Even though Tennessee does not “diagnose” students with dyslexia, Tennessee DOES recognize dyslexia. 1) The Tennessee Say Dyslexia Law went into effect July 1, 2106. 2) Schools must screen your child for Characteristics of Dyslexia 3) If your child has Characteristics of Dyslexia, school must provide him or her with proper intervention.
- The Tennessee Department of Education has released a comprehensive Dyslexia Guide. It is critical that you know your child’s rights!
**THE ENTIRE PROCESS TO GET YOUR CHILD AN IEP FOR SLD/DYSLEXIA CAN TAKE UP TO A FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED – DO NOT WAIT!**