The US Department of Justice just released final regulations implementing the American Disabilities Act. The Act clarifies and eliminates some of the obstacles persons with specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia) have faced.
These regulations have been sent to all schools and workplaces. However, it often takes years for new regulations to get fully implemented, so parents may need to inform the student's teachers and school. A copy can be downloaded at the ADA website, www.ADA.gov.
Some of the issues addressed are
I would encourage students to get a 504 plan with needed accommodations and not wait until they encounter insurmountable difficulty. For example, I worked with a high school student who was mildly dyslexic, managed to pass in high school, but could not pass an exam which would have netted her the first two years of college free. As a high school senior, she was finding it difficult to get accommodation as she had struggled through school without them.
Michael Yudin, Department of Education, sent another extremely important document to all public schools. He addresses specific learning disabilities under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act. He says, "There is nothing in the IDEA legislation that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents." Therefore, diagnosticians, it is perfectly
acceptable to use these terms in your reports.