What People Are Saying About the New Government Letter on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia

By Andrew M.I. Lee, JD on Nov 17, 2015

In a new guidance letter, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) made it clear that schools can use the terms , and . The ED also encouraged schools to use these terms if it would help address a child’s unique needs.

Many parents and organizations have been talking about the news on Twitter. Here’s a look at what some of them are saying.

Federal government says it's okay to say dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. Shazam! https://t.co/B6e6usyPH6 — Lisa Klipfel (@lisaklipfel) October 23, 2015
A step in the right direction @usedgov Thank you! #Dyslexia #SayDyslexia https://t.co/SsgLKihKOq — Laura Pennix (@520PajamaCEO) October 23, 2015
Important guidance issued today by @ED_Sped_Rehab @usedgov! Many will now have better IEP discussions. #saydyslexiahttps://t.co/PCexyWfcjf — AIM Institute (@AIMtoLearn) October 23, 2015
Any1 ever told U not 2 say dyslexia? U.S. DOE clarifies 2day! https://t.co/OiMZq3ShnH #dyslexia #policy #education — Chester Goad, EdD (@cgoad09) October 23, 2015
As the parent of a 10-yr-old with #Dyslexia I'm thrilled to see this, too @EDPressSec Thank you @usedgov #SayDyslexia — Lyn Pollard (@LynPollard) October 23, 2015
It's official: US Dept. of Education says "Don't be afraid to #SayDyslexia" https://t.co/mE1PDWFOPc — Bookshare (@Bookshare) October 23, 2015
Your child's school CAN use the term #dyslexia on their IEP or evaluation. Says who? Says @usedgov, that's who. https://t.co/gPgD3XdTxp — Olentangy Dyslexia (@OlenDyslexiaNet) October 26, 2015
Very exciting to see in print! Thank you @usedgov @DeborahLynam @usedgov @ED_Sped_Rehab @DDNJ12 @AIMtoLearn @DDTX12 @DDVA13 @DDAZ16 — Kristin Kane (@KristinMatzKane) October 23, 2015

Want to learn more about the Department of Education’s letter on dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia? Read answers to common questions about the letter. And watch this video interview with Michael Yudin, the top official for special education at the U.S. Department of Education.

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    Andrew M.I. Lee, JD is an editor and attorney who strives to help people understand complex legal, education, and parenting issues.