Region 9 regularly offers professional development sessions on dyslexia awareness and identification; on how to support students with dyslexia in the classroom; and on how to write district dyslexia plans.
Districts also can receive individualized technical assistance with dyslexia policies and implementation questions.
Following is a link to The Dyslexia Handbook, Revised 2014. The Handbook provides SBOE-approved procedures concerning dyslexia and related disorders. It also gives guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. Additionally, it provides districts and parents with information regarding the state’s dyslexia statutes and their relation to these federal laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acto of 1973, the ADA, and the IDEA.
Section 504 Services:
Region 9 also provides support to districts in the processes and procedures of implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 is the part of the act that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. This civil rights statute requires that the needs of students with disabilities be met as adequately as the needs of their non-disabled peers. Districts that accept any federal funds are required to comply with Section 504 requirements.
Additionally, the route in Texas to dyslexia identification most frequently happens through the Section 504 process.
Districts can receive individualized technical assistance with Section 504 questions or concerns.
Following is a link to a Section 504 FAQ listing from the U.S. Department of Education.