At present, the US is rapidly introducing new dyslexia legislation that will give more students access to support and ensure the right intervention is in place to help.
Below is a comprehensive list of all dyslexia laws currently in place in the United States and what they mean for you.
NO LAWS: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, New York, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Vermont.
Last updated: 31st May 2017
|State||Bill Name||Brief Description|
|Alabama||2015||Dyslexia added to Alabama Administrative code, screening, intervention, access to assistive technology and accommodations in school.|
|SB 1461: Dyslexia definition, PD dyslexia can count as continuing education credit, dyslexia exemption for 3rd Grade Retention Law
HB 2202: State Dyslexia Handbook & dyslexia definition now in law.
|Arkansas||Act 1294||Dyslexia intervention & services, screening and intervention, ADE approved programs, PD for educators, instructional approaches.|
|California||A.B. 1369||Identification & assessment, program to improve educational programs for those with dyslexia|
|Colorado||H.B.1223||Identification and PD for learning difficulties (not specifically dyslexia)|
|Connecticut||SB 1054||SB 1054: DOE to be responsible for providing info and assistance to boards of ed, intervention & identification
HB 7254: Teachers applying for Special Ed endorsement have to study diagnosis, remediation & instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia.
|Delaware||SB 229||Severe dyslexic students can waive state assessments. Evidence-based interventions|
|Florida||Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 7029||John McKay Scholarships for IEP for 504 students to attend a public school other than assigned or private school for students with learning disabilities.|
|Hawaii||S.B. 2217||Make PD & intervention available, promotes awareness of assessment, and curriculum interventions|
|Illinois||HB. 3700||Screening, intervention & PD for reading disabilities. Incorporation of IDA dyslexia definition into administrative rules|
|Indiana||H.B. 1108||Defines dyslexia & offers PD|
|Iowa||SF 2319||Assistance for those with dyslexia, PD strategies to support teacher effectiveness in literacy development|
|Kansas (failed)||HB 5015||Screening, intervention & teacher prep courses|
|Kentucky||H.B. 69.||Define dyslexia in law, DOE to make technical assistance, training and web-based resource available|
|Louisiana||R.S. 17:7:11||Identification, assessment, intervention, accommodations.|
|Maine||LD 231||Definition of dyslexia in law, screening from kindergarten – grade 2 & dyslexia consultant|
|Maryland||H.B. 278||Dyslexia task force created (end date of task force extended to Dec 2016 in Feb 2016)|
|Massachusetts (pending)||H.4406||Amended 6/16/16 to H4406, bill received favourably 6/16/16, no further action taken as of 1/3/17|
|Mississippi||H.B. 1031||HB 1031: Scholarship to provide dyslexic students with school choice. Parents can apply for a funding voucher for intervention
HB 1046: In law July 1st 2017. Expansion of previous bill to let students with dyslexia receive state money to attend private schools.
|Missouri||HB 2379, & SB 638
|HB 2379 & SB 638: By Dec 31st 2017 the Dep. Of Elementary and Secondary Ed must develop screening guidelines for dyslexia and related disorders & develop necessary classroom support. By2018-19 school year each public school (charter included) needs to conduct screenings and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with Dec 31st guidelines. All students must do 2 hours of PD on dyslexia. Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia created (20 members) to make recommendations for a statewide identification, intervention and delivery of supports system.|
|Nevada||AB 341 and SB 391||Screening, intervention & PD|
|New Hampshire||HB 1644-FN||Screening, intervention, reading specialist|
|New Jersey||PL2013 c 131, 105, 210.||Definition of dyslexia in law, PD, screening|
|New Mexico||HB 2010.||Definition of dyslexia in law, provide phonics-based tutoring as part of RTI|
|Ohio||HB 96, HB 157||Definition of dyslexia in law, 3-year pilot program for identification & remediation (completed 2015, no change to law)|
|Oklahoma||§70-7001, HB 3090||Pilot Program (began 2012, no change to law). Scholarships for students with learning disabilities|
|Oregon||SB 612, HB 2412||PD for one teacher in every K5 public school, screening, designate dyslexia specialist|
|Pennsylvania||A.B.69||Screening & Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program|
|Rhode Island||H 5136||Definition of dyslexia in law, screening, intervention|
|South Carolina||Act 103||Task force on dyslexia created 2011 (completed 2013, no change to law)|
|South Dakota (pending)||House Bill 1198||Recognise Dyslexia in law. First read in House 02/02/2017|
|Tennessee||SB 2635||SB 2635 (update to previous bill): Screening, intervention & PD. 9 person Dyslexia Advisory Council created
SB 2002: Dyslexia recognised in law, training to address dyslexia, brain-based multisensory intervention
|Texas||2009 Amendment||Screening, intervention, licensed therapists & dyslexia handbook|
|Utah||HB. 117||Pilot program for PD and KS5 intervention|
|Virginia||HB 842.||Dyslexia PD (1st July 2017). If a local board employs reading specialists at least one must have expertise in identification and teaching of students with dyslexia or a related disorder. They then become a resource for teachers in the district.|
|Washington||SB 6016||Handbook, PD & intervention|
|West Virginia||HB 4608||Definition of dyslexia and dyscalculia in law, screening, ongoing information provided to parents on dyslexia and the support available
|Wisconsin||Study Guide||Reading guide, teacher tests for new licences|
|Wyoming||SF0052||Screening & intervention to grade 3. Annual reports aiming for 85% of students to be reading to level by grade 3. The program shall be multi-tiered and shall include various interventions to facilitate remediation of any reading difficulty as early as possible.|