How to Support Tennesseans with Dyslexia?

Students:

  • Provide all students K-3 with reading programs based in the science of reading. *
  • Screen all children with dyslexia in compliance with the Tennessee Say Dyslexia Law. *
  • Provide students identified as having characteristics of dyslexia with daily dyslexia-specific interventions taught by teachers highly trained in those interventions as required by the TennesseeSay Dyslexia law. *
  • Provide students with characteristics of dyslexia with basic accommodations like access to audiobooks, no points off for poor spelling or slow reading, access to wiring programs with word prediction another other assistive technology. *
  • Increase access to online textbooks and resources that offer read aloud.*
  • Social emotional learning for students with characteristics to connect students together and to build confidence and reduce the shame and stigma of dyslexia. *

    Teachers:

  • Ensure that all Tennessee teaching programs include coursework on what dyslexia is, how to identify it in the classroom and proper classroom accommodations and assistive technology for students with dyslexia.*
  • Require that teachers who provide dyslexia-specific intervention to students with characteristics of dyslexia are at least minimally trained in the interventions they are teaching.*
  • Ensure that districts are complying with the 2014 Tennessee Dyslexia is Real law which requires districts to offer professional development to teachers to help them understand how to identify and work with students with disabilities. *
  • Train more teachers in the science of reading so that teachers understand how the brain learns to read.*

    Families:

  • Offer public service announcements, workshops and parent support groups for families of students with dyslexia so that they learn about dyslexia and how to best support learners in their home.*
  • Robust offerings and advertising of audiobooks so that families that struggle with reading can listentogether.*
  • Change the conversation coming from districts around literacy. Stop blaming reading failure onparents not reading aloud to children. Parents are not to blame for low literacy.*
  • Empower parents who are struggling readers themselves by offering websites with read aloudtechnology, school conferences and meetings that do not require lots of reading.*
  • Increase access to homework help and online programs that read homework aloud so that familiescan listen and learn together.*

    Adults:

  • Offer public service announcements, workshops and support groups for adults who are struggling readers. *
  • Increase knowledge about voting laws that allow ballots to be read aloud to struggling readers. *
  • Provide provisions so that adults with dyslexia can easily access things like drivers tests, income tax information and other important documentation.*
  • Allow adults with dyslexia to have accommodations on city and state professional testing so as notto block access to a profession because of the inability to pass a written test.*
  • Ensure that job training programs and human resources across Tennessee understand dyslexia andthat adults with dyslexia can be successful with proper interventions. *

* Not currently happening in Tennessee.