Connecticut parents, students, and supporters gather at the CT State Capitol to testify in support of Dyslexia legislation - 2015.


“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

- Leonardo da Vinci - Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician, Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist, Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, Writer, and Dyslexic

Connecticut Dyslexia Legislation


Public Act 16-92, adds the requirement, on and after July 1, 2017, for any (1) certified employee applying for a remedial reading, remedial language arts or reading consultant endorsement, or (2) applicant for an initial, provisional or professional educator certificate shall have completed a program of study in the diagnosis and remediation of reading and language arts that includes supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia, as defined in section 10-3d. Find full text of Public Act 16-92 HERE.


Public Act 15-97, (1) Directs the Commissioner of Education to designate an employee of the Department of Education to provide information to parents and BOE regarding Dyslexia and defines Dyslexia as set forth in Department of Education's IEP Manual and Forms HERE; (2) Enhances P.A. 14-39 by adding "not fewer than twelve clock hours of instruction" to Dyslexia pre-service teacher curriculum; (3) Adds Dyslexia in-service teacher professional development; and (4) Directs the Department of Education to develop or approve a reading assessment for use by local BOE, which includes "identifying, in whole or in part, students at risk for dyslexia . . . or other reading-related learning disabilities". Find full text of Public Act 15-97 HERE.


Public Act 14-39 Section 1, amends the Individualized Education Program Form to include "Specific Learning Disability/Dyslexia" as a Primary Disability; and Section 2, adds Dyslexia detection, recognition and evidenced-based interventions to programming for teacher preparation leading to Certification. HB 5562 was used as a vehicle to drive through additional legislation and the remainder of the Bill is unrelated to dyslexia. Find full text of Public Act 14-39 HERE.


SLD/Dyslexia P.A. 14-39 Frequently Asked Questions

SERC - SLD/Dyslexia Webpage

SERC - SLD/Dyslexia Webinar March, 2015

SERC - SLD/Dyslexia Webinar March, 2015 - Handouts

SERC - Forum December, 2015 - Handouts

Approved Menu of Research-Based K-3 Universal Screening Reading Assessments

Memorandum dated July 15, 2016 from Commissioner Wentzell to Superintendents of Schools regarding PA 15-97

SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide


President Obama, on February 18, 2016, signed the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act! This act supports important research to further our understanding of dyslexia, including better methods for early detection and teacher training. See text HERE.

U.S. Department of Education issued guidance on October 23, 2015, wherein it clarifies that "that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents."  Find full guidance document HERE.

The Cassidy Mikulski Resolution was passed by the U.S. Senate to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia. Read more about the Resolution on The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity website.



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