Arizona Education Officials Introduce Dyslexia Resource Handbook

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:36am

Arizona education officials are introducing a new handbook designed to help teachers and parents identify dyslexia in students.

Bernadette Coggins, a governing board member in the Kyrene School District, said the new guidelines for educators are important.

"It's a starting point for schools where they have to start identifying students so I don't have to go in and say, 'I think my kid's dyslexic,' and have them say, `No, he's ADHD'' or some other diagnosis,''' Coggins said.

The resource handbook, put together by the state Department of Education, contains a list of resources available to parents and teachers to help support students with the reading disorder.

Creation of the guide passed the Senate Monday and is headed to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk for consideration.

It’s estimated that 17 percent of students have some form of dyslexia.

Arizona would be the 15th state in the nation to create such a handbook.

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