Georgia’s Dyslexia Informational Handbook


Classic signs of Dyslexia:

From Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley at the Dyslexia Training Institute

From Susan Barton at Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

Dyslexia Fact Sheet from DDGA

Embracing Dyslexia, is a moving exploration of dyslexia from an insiders perspective and features interviews with researchers, adult dyslexics and parents.

Our Dyslexic Children, released in 2020, discusses the social emotional impact of Dyslexia.

Looking to have your child evaluated?  

Through your Public School, you write and deliver to the school via letter or email to the principal and your child’s teacher a Request for Evaluation letter. Here is a sample letter. This is what IDEA, the Federal Special Education law, refers to as a “Direct Parent Referral.” In other words, if you suspect your child has Dyslexia, you may ask your school to provide an evaluation which is conducted to determine eligibility for special education services. Public schools cannot “diagnose” your child.  Georgia’s Department of Education.

Evaluations outside of school



Georgia Southern

Brenau University (Gainesville and Norcross)

Childrens Healthcare Of Atlanta (CHOA)

Scottish Rite (Shriners)

JF&CS Atlanta

Syllables Learning Center (Reading Assessment)

Additional Resources

DDGA’s Facebook Page has Notes on numerous topics

International Dyslexia Association – National Site

International Dyslexia Association–Georgia Chapter 

 Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia 

Learning Disabilities Online   

National Center for Learning Disabilities   The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma—prepared for college and the workplace.

National Reading Panel  In 1997, Congress asked the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)* at the National Institutes of Health, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to convene a national panel to assess the effectiveness of different approaches used to teach children to read.

 The Georgia Learning Resources System  The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) is a network of 18 centers throughout Georgia that provide training and resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities. GLRS Provides Ongoing, Effective, Professional Learning!

The Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency  The Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) is comprised of 16 regional educational service agencies strategically located in service districts throughout the State of Georgia. The agencies were established for the purpose of sharing services designed to improve the effectiveness of the educational programs of member school systems. In addition, the RESAs assist the State Department of Education in promoting its initiatives. The RESAs inform systems of innovation and gather research on programs as needed.

 Wrightslaw  Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development   The NICHD was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the “complex process of human development from conception to old age.”

 National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities  Information on IDEA, early intervention service and special education.

 Misunderstood Minds (PBS)  Millions of American children struggle in school daily because of serious learning problems. The causes are often unknown, specific problems can be difficult to pinpoint, and the long-term effects hard to predict.

Georgia Department of Education (Information on Dyslexia)    The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) oversees public education throughout the state. It ensures that laws and regulations pertaining to education are followed and that state and federal money appropriated for education is properly allocated to local school systems..

Parent to Parent of Georgia    Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia   A resource of free online videos that help explain what dyslexia is and suggest classroom accomodations for kids with dyslexia

Headstrong Nation–     Founded by Ben Foss in 2003, Headstrong Nation aims to end the isolation of the world’s largest (it’s true!) disability group by providing information about dyslexia, self-advocacy and new technologies.

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity   The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, and is as well a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.

Study Tips and Resources from the Maryville University website……..a resource suggested by a student researcher. (Thanks Noah!)

Middle Tennessee State University Center for Dyslexia


Accommodations for GA State Assessment


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