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In Texas the identification and instruction of students with dyslexia and related disorders is mandated and structured by two statutes and one rule. Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia and related disorders, mandates testing students for dyslexia and providing instruction for students with dyslexia, and gives the State Board of Education authority to adopt rules and standards to administer testing and instruction. Chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28 outlines the responsibilities of districts and charter schools in the delivery of services to students with dyslexia. Finally, §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 establishes assessment and evaluation standards and procedures for students. Section 504 procedures are implemented when it is determined that dyslexia substantially limits learning.


The Dyslexia Handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. In addition, information regarding the state’s dyslexia statutes and their relation to various federal laws is included.


For more information regarding dyslexia services, please reach out to:

Cristina Rocha, District Dyslexia Coordinator at [email protected]

Tammy Garcia, Secondary Dyslexia Teacher at [email protected]

Kim Cavett, Elementary Dyslexia Teacher at [email protected]


Governing Documents


Dyslexia Information


Dyslexia Intervention at NYOS

In NYOS for the 2023-24 school year, the following interventions are used for students with dyslexia:  

  • K-2 Fundations 
  • 2-5 Wilson Reading System
  • 6-12 Basic Language Skills Therapy and Reading by Design


Fundations is an introduction for young students to Wilson Reading System: A Structured Literacy (SL) program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles.


The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a systematic, explicit, cumulative, intensive, and focused approach used to teach the structure of the English language/total word structure for decoding and encoding. WRS uses a systematic and integrated approach to decoding, morphology and the study of word elements, encoding and orthography (internalizing the rules that govern English), high frequency word instruction, oral reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Basic Language Skills Therapy (BLS): Developed by the Neuhaus Education Center. Explicit, systematic, intensive literacy instruction for students with dyslexia or related language learning differences. Literacy instructional framework that is systematic, sequential, intensive, and comprehensive.

Reading by Design (RBD): Reading by Design is a systematic, explicit, multisensory, and intensive reading intervention that was created by developers at the Texas Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. 

Audiobook Resources

Learning Ally is a free audiobook solution that helps to bridge the gap by providing equitable access to grade-level content

The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. 

Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy or other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style.