Academic Departments » Special Education » Dyslexia


What is Dyslexia?:

1. Dyslexia, defined by the Texas Education Code (TEC) 38.003:

"Dyslexia” means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity.

“Related disorders” include disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.


2. Dyslexia, defined by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA):

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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


Resources to support your student:
1. Learning Ally (digital resource for dyslexic students)
  • Your child will receive their own login

  • You select books for your child on the Learning Ally website

  • To read these books, your child uses the Learning Ally app

2. Speech to Text - Read & Write Chromebook extension (Chromebook accessibility)
3. Text to Speech (Chromebook accessibility)
Meridian Dyslexia Specialists Noreen Kennedy and Pam Byers
Additional Resources
Meridian Dyslexia Team
Noreen Kennedy, Primary Dyslexia Specialist
Pam Byers, Secondary Dyslexia/Dysgraphia Specialist/Evaluator