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Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) /Dyslexia

SERC's Specific Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia Initiative

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) / Dyslexia Initiative

Specific Learning Disability (SLD) as defined by IDEA means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations.

SERC’s Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia Initiative was established in January 2015 at the request of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in response to Connecticut Public Act 14-39 which added SLD/Dyslexia as a primary disability category. This legislation was crafted to support the unique educational needs of students in Connecticut who have a learning disability, some of whom may not be appropriately identified or receiving specialized “structured” literacy instruction because of dyslexia.

SERC’s Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia Initiative seeks to inform educators and families about issues and best practices related to the needs of students with all types of learning disabilities, including dyslexia.




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  • Donna Merritt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Educational Consultant, SERC at (860) 632-1485 ext.337


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  • Patricia L. Anderson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ph.D., Education Consultant, CT State Department of Education at (860) 713-6923

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