UP Dyslexia Staff Members:
- Lauren Cothran
- Erin Gonzales
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
The International Dyslexia Association defines “dyslexia” in the following way: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002.
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia in the following way: “Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.”
The following link gives a clearer understanding of dyslexia and its lifelong effects.
Visit the HPISD Dyslexia webpage to learn more about districtwide services, staff training, student assessment and parent involvement.