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General information on dyslexia and related California Department of Education (CDE) programs, projects, and resources.

The California Dyslexia Guidelines include this definition of dyslexia:

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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (California Dyslexia Guidelines, p. 3)

California Dyslexia Guidelines (PDF)
California Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group


CDE Programs

Resources Outside CDE

  • Bookshare External link opens in new window or tab.
    Accessible books and periodicals for readers with print disabilities

  • Eye to Eye External link opens in new window or tab.
    Mentoring program for kids with learning disabilities, including dyslexia
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