State Dyslexia Laws

Listed below are laws that are currently on the books related to dyslexia. You can click on column heads to re-order the list. as needed.

If you know of a specific statute that should be added to the list, please leave a comment below.

Please don’t ask us whether there  in states that are not on this list. If we knew about such laws, they would already be listed. We’ll try to post any new information we receive right away.

If you would like to learn about ways to support new legislation in your own state, please join the Decoding Dyslexia movement by visiting www.decodingdyslexia.net

StateYear of EnactmentTitle or SubjectCitation
Texas1995SCREENING AND TREATMENT FOR DYSLEXIA AND RELATED DISORDERSTexas Education Code §38.003
Texas2009LICENSED DYSLEXIA PRACTITIONERS AND LICENSED DYSLEXIA THERAPISTSOccupations Code, Ch. 403
Colorado2008Assessment and identification of students with literacy challenges including dyslexiaColorado Revised Statutes 22-2-133
Mississippi1994; amended 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007Pilot programs for testing and educational remediation for dyslexia and related disorders.
Mississippi Code 37-23-15
Washington 2009Individuals with dyslexia — Identification and instruction Revised Code of Washington 28A.300.530
Louisiana2009Universal dyslexia screening and intervention - Pilot ProgramLouisiana Revised Statutes 17:24.11
Louisiana1986; amended 1987, 1989, 1990, 2003, 2005Testing pupils' sight and hearing; testing for dyslexia;Lousiana Rev. Statutes 17:2112
Louisiana2009; amended 2010Decisions of Board of Parole: Exempting individuals with dyslexia from certain conditions premised on educational attainmentLouisiana Rev Statutes 15:574.4.2 (E)
Louisiana1975; numerous amendments through 2010Duties of State Board of Elementary and Secondary EducationRevised Statutes 17:7(11)
Louisiana1992; amended 1997SCREENING AND INTERVENTION FOR SCHOOL SUCCESSRevised Statutes 17:392.1
Massachusetts1983Exempting students with dyslexia from standardized college entrance examsMassachusetts General Laws Ch 15A Sec. 30
New Mexico2010Intervention for students displaying characteristics of dyslexia.NMSA 23-13-32 (Intervention); 22-13-6 (Definition of Dyslexia)
Texas2011Educator Preparation for DyslexiaAmendments to Texas Education Code Section 21.044 and 21.054
Texas2011Retesting Students for DyslexiaAmendment to Texas Education Code 38.003
Texas2011Classroom technology for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 38.0031
Texas2011Retesting University students for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 51.9701
Texas2011EXAMINATION ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSON WITH DYSLEXIATexas Occupations Code 54.003
Oklahoma2012Pilot Dyslexia Teacher Training ProgramOklahoma Statutes, Title 70, Section 7001, Effective July 1, 2012
Wyoming2012Assessment and Early InterventionW.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxiii) (amended); W.S. 21-3-401(a), (c), (d) (amended and added); Effective July 1, 2012
Ohio2012Pilot Project - Early Intervention and ScreeningRevised Code 3323.01 (amended); Revised Code 3323.25 (added); Effective March 22, 2012
Kentucky2012Early Education Assessment and InterventionKRS CHAPTER 158.305 (Added), KRS 157.200 (Amended)
California1990; amended 2007Teacher Training: "Encourages" universities and schools to provide training in recognizing and teaching for dyslexiaCalifornia Education Code 44227.7 and 56245
California1992; amended 2011Definitions and Eligibility for Special Education ServicesCal. Ed. Code 56245 and 56337
Missouri2012Policy for Reading InterventionMissouri Revised Statutes, Section 167.268

27 Responses to “State Dyslexia Laws”

  1. Elizabeth Dekanich Says:

    Hello,
    I am interested in learning about the Colorado state laws on dyslexia. The above revised statue is unclear to me. Thank you for any clarification.
    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth Dekanich
    Reading Specialist

  2. admin Says:

    You will have to follow the links to read the statute on your own. This page is provided as a service to help you find the laws that are on the books, but we cannot offer explanation or interpretation as to what they mean.

  3. Heather McGinn Says:

    Hi,
    I am a Reading Specialist and have two sons with Dyslexia. I do not see Pennsylvania on your list of State Dyslexia Laws. Does this mean that they do not have any laws related to Dyslexia?
    Thank you,
    Heather McGinn

  4. DDAI Says:

    If a state law or pending legislation related to dyslexia is not listed here, it is because we haven’t found any information on one. That’s not the same as saying it doesn’t exist; our web site is comprehensive but not perfect.

    However, there is an advocacy group working to try to get Pennsylvania to pass a dyslexia law. Their web site is here:
    http://decodingdyslexiapa.org/ — I’m sure they would would welcome your interest and involvement.

  5. Heather McGinn Says:

    Thank you for your response. I will definitely contact them.

  6. Kelli Says:

    Are there any laws in Iowa concerning Dyslexia? Is there a group working on getting dyslexia laws passed in Iowa? Any information would be helpful! THANKS

  7. DDAI Says:

    Kelly, here’s a link to a summary of a bill that was introduced in Iowa in 2009 but died in committee:
    http://www.dyslegia.com/2009/05/ia-2009-2010-sb-412-special-education-alternative-reading-instruction/

    The bill was sponsored by the Republican Senate Minority Leader, Paul McKinley — there is a link to his contact information at the top of the page.

    I would suggest that a good first step to find out about dyslexia laws in Iowa would be to contact his office.

  8. LouAnn Says:

    I would like to know if there are any current or pending laws for the state of Georgia

  9. Stacey Struck Says:

    Kelli

    I am a member of the Iowa Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and we have just started a parent/teacher advocacy group in the Quad Cities (Bettendorf) Iowa with one goal being to launch legislation for Iowa. Please email me at struck.stacey@yahoo.com for more information.

  10. Sandra Ball Says:

    I have two dyslexic children and I was wondering if there are any laws reguarding Dyslexia in Tennessee. If not, why not and how can we change that?

  11. Daphne Says:

    Is there any data available on the Texas Screening law from 1995? As in how many kids have they identified etc?

  12. Daphne Says:

    Also, is there any data on the Louisiana pilot program?

  13. DDAI Says:

    Those are excellent questions, but we don’t track that sort of information on this web site. (We only keep track of the legislative process, not what happens after the laws are on the books).

    The best thing for you to do would be to use the links to read the law, to find out the name of the state panel or agency designated to manage the program or collect the data. Then do a web search for the name of the agency to find web site or contact information – and try to call or email the agency to ask whether that information is available or published anywhere.

  14. Anne Says:

    I was researching information on dyslexia in the state of Missouri and am having trouble finding any legislation. I do know that our state does not recognize dyslexia as a learning disability, but was hoping to at least get some idea if legislation was ever discussed. Any idea where I might find such information?

  15. DDAI Says:

    Here’s a link to the only law in Missouri that references the word “dyslexia” — it is section 167.268:
    http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutesearch/stathtml/1670000268.htm

    That statute governs school policies for reading interventions and provides:

    The state board of education shall develop guidelines to assist districts in formulating policies for reading intervention plans. Such guidelines may include, but are not limited to, timelines for measuring pupil improvement in reading, information on screening for and treatment of auditory dyslexia, and information on the Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization Test and the Auditory Discrimination in Depth Program

    Please note that the language of the statute is permissive, not mandatory. That is, it allows but does not require the development of guidelines related to one form of dyslexia.

    We have added this law to our database above.

  16. Anne Kloth Says:

    Could you please tell me if there is a law pertaining to dyslexia in Michigan? If not is there any pending legislation and what group is working on it. Thanks for your help.

  17. DDAI Says:

    Here are some links to Michigan resources:
    http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/parents/living-with-dyslexia/school/know-your-rights
    http://specialeducation.pccs.k12.mi.us/node/18

    I have done a word search at the Michigan legislature web site and cannot find any laws or pending bills which contain the word “dyslexia”.

    Here’s a link to the Michigan legislature web site if you would like to get in touch with your state representative:
    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/

  18. Christina Meredith Says:

    Recent comment made asking for info, in the state of Michigan?

  19. DDAI Says:

    Sorry, we still don’t have any information about any legislation pending in Michigan in our database. If it isn’t posted on our site already, it means that we do not have the information.

  20. Kelli Sandman-Hurley Says:

    Will you be adding Arkansas and New Jersey soon? Love the site.

  21. DDAI Says:

    We generally add recently passed laws near the end of the year when they were passed. This is because there is typically a lag time between the date of passage of the bill, and publication in the permanent statutes. We like to be able to set up a link to the actual law in the books that will persist over time. In the meantime, you can always read the text of the bill by clicking the link to view the laws that passed this year. (“Enacted – Current Session”).

  22. Kathleen K. Fedge DuBose Says:

    I am a native Montanan currently living in Bozeman Montana and working in the area of dyslexia. I have been a parent advocate for children with dyslexia two of my own and many others for over a decade. I am hoping you can explain the non listing for Montana. I am wondering if there are any laws or bills in process for the state of Montana. I have been researching and have not been able to find any l was regrading dyslexia. I hope it is my inability to navigate and now simply reality.

    THANK YOU so much for your help!
    Kathleen

  23. DDAI Says:

    Kathy, we only report the laws — we can’t help make them! If you would like to see laws passed in your state, then you can start by contacting your representative in your state legislature. If you scroll down the left side of the page on our site, you will find links to advocacy organizations and resources for your state. The Montana state legislature meets only in odd-numbered years and has already adjourned for 2013, so it is not currently in session. That means that you have plenty of time if you would like to begin to work for positive change in your state.

    A good starting point would be to join the Decoding Dyslexia movement for your state — you can learn more about activities in Montana at their facebook page, here: http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/

  24. Winnie Davis Says:

    Are there any laws in Alabama pertaining to dyslexia?

  25. DDAI Says:

    We put every law we know about on this web site. If you don’t see your state listed here, it’s because, as far as we know, there is no law. Please join Decoding Dyslexia – Alabama if you would like more information or would like to work toward supporting legislation in your state. See: https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaALA

  26. Rachel Says:

    I am looking for some information to help me with getting my child tested for dyslexia. She has been showing signs since she was in Pre-K and I have put in a formal request to have her tested for dyslexia as well as special ed. The school is still wanting to “Assess” my child. I am wondering what the laws are for a parent and a child to get a child tested.

  27. DDAI Says:

    Rachel, federal law requires schools to identify children with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and sets forth the procedures to be followed. You may find the information at http://faq.dyslexia.com/cgi-bin/faq_wiki.pl?Testing_For_Dyslexia helpful. Depending on where you live, there may be additional state laws that apply.

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