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Nationally, one out of five people is identified with dyslexia. In Jeffco, we recognize that dyslexia affects a similar ratio of our students and may impact their education. Some, but not all, of these students are identified through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), Advanced Learning Plan, READ plan or a 504 plan. 

This page is intended to empower the Jeffco community by increasing awareness and utilizing resources about dyslexia. This will allow Jeffco educators and the community to work in partnership with each other to create a more cohesive educational program for students with dyslexia.

It's Okay to Say Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?

The formal definition of dyslexia by the International Dyslexia Association is:

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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.”

Jeffco Programs and Supports

Students do not need a dyslexia diagnosis to receive support in Jeffco. Many literacy specialists and special education teachers across Jeffco have training in:

  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Wilson Reading System
  • Heggerty
  • 95% Group
  • David Kilpatrick Phonological Awareness protocols

Assistive Technology (AT) Supports:

  • Bookshare
  • Learning Ally
  • ReadWrite Google
  • Chrome Extensions and apps

Bright MINDS Program 

  • Alameda International Jr. and Sr. High School’s program empowers bright, talented students who

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