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The definition of dyslexia adopted by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) states: “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.”

Dyslexia Updates

As of May 2019, Governor Kemp signed Senate Bill 48 into law.  SB48 Dyslexia provides for identification of and support for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Presentation - Updates as of 9-6-2019

Upcoming Action Items:

  • Dyslexia Handbook (Dec. 2019)
  • Professional Learning resource list (Feb. 2020)
  • Pilot (pilot applications Oct.- Nov. 2019; pilot study from 2020-21 through 2022-23)

For information about the Dyslexia Endorsement, contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Online Resources:

Parent Information Resources:

The following websites offer parent friendly resources concerning dyslexia.


 Contact Information


Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.
State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports

Belinda Tiller
Special Education,
Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 656-3963

Franeka Colley, Ed.S.
Content Integration,
Special Education Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 657-2461