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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 provides for identification of and support for students in kindergarten through third grade with dyslexia.

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


GaDOE Dyslexia Workshop [Video]

Watch a video of Dr. Caitlin Dooley talking about dyslexia during a workshop conducted at Augusta University on December 9, 2019.​

 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

 Dyslexia Informational Handbook