Dyslexia is a learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
(The International Dyslexia Association)

The Dyslexia work group met in Pierre on the following dates:

  • June 14, 2016
  • August 16, 2016
  • October 19, 2016

Dyslexia Handbook
Dyslexia Brochure
List of Possible Screeners for Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services letter addressing dyslexia
South Dakota Association of School Psychologists dyslexia brochure
International Dyslexia Association
What Works Clearinghouse
Reading Rockets
Learning Ally
LD Online
University of Michigan
Upper Midwest Branch
National Institute for Literacy
International Literacy Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
National Center for Learning Disabilities
South Dakota Parent Connection
Center for Disabilities
Work Group Agendas
Oct. 19, 2016 Meeting Notes
Aug. 16, 2016 Meeting Notes
June 14, 2016 Meeting Notes
US DOE letter
Support Documents
SD 5-Year State Plan
2018 5-Year Plan Summary of Progress
Work Group Members
Bayer, Steve Parent/School board member, Brookings
Boechler, Tara Parent, Rapid City
Brokmeier, Susanne BOR
Brown, Angie USD Scottish Rite Children’s Clinics
Buresch, Tana SD Parent Connection
Cain, Becky DOE
DeBoer, Donavan Superintendent, Parker
DiSanto, Lynne Representative, Pennington Co
Engels, Lisa Parent, Hartford
Garcia, Emily Advocacy
Hegland, Sue International Dyslexia Association - Upper Midwest Branch
Holmes, Thomas Representative, Minnehaha Co
Johnson, Val CASE
Kafka, Kristi School Psych Assoc. South Central Coop
Kaufman, Gerry ASBSD
Labau, Brenda Teacher, Belle Fourche
Larsen, Ann DOE
Lindquist, Barb SDEA
Merkle, Karin Tutor/Dyslexia Presenter/Educator
Muilenburg-Wilson, Deb Special Education Director, Sioux Falls
Nelson, Becky DOE
Parsley, Scott Senator
Rasmussen, Nancy Representative, Turner/Clay Co.
Turman, Paul BOR
Turner, Linda DOE
Volesky, Troy Special Education Director, Rapid City
Weiland, Marsha Decoding Dyslexia