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Family Support and Professional Organizations and Resources for Students with a Specific Learning Disability

State, national, and community based organizations that provide support, resources, and advocacy for students who receive special education through an Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and their caregivers.

Specific Learning Disability In Plain Language

A DPI resource that explains Specific Learning Disability referral and criteria in parent-friendly language.

Additional Guidance Document: Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disability

This guidance document is intended to clarify the relationship between dyslexia and specific learning disabilities (SLD) as defined by state and federal special education law. Recent federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) guidance specific to this topic is also integrated within this document.

Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions

Required by 2019 Wisconsin Act 86, Wisconsin's Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions discusses screening, instruction and intervention, and resources that can support improved learning for school-aged individuals with characteristics of dyslexia. The audience for the information is broad and includes but is not limited to parents and families, educators, interventionists or reading teachers, and educational leaders.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA is a national organization. LDA Visualizes a World in Which: all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.

Additional Family Support and Advocacy Organizations

Information and links to a variety of statewide family support and advocacy organizations that support all students who receive special education through an IEP including the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI), Wisconsin Family Assistance Center of Education, Training & Support (WI FACETS), Disability Rights Wisconsin, Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), and the Arc of Wisconsin.

Opening Doors Series to Support Post Secondary Transition

The Opening Doors series provides a process of planning for life after high school that includes making decisions, planning, and taking actions. Specifically, it is a tool for students with IEPs to use as they begin to plan for a successful future. There are four Opening Door guides to assist with transition planning.

Opening Doors to Adult Services: A Handbook for Students, School Counselors, Teachers and Parents, Rev. 12/11 - [Abriendo Puertas Guía de servicios al adulto]

Opening Doors to Self-Determination: Planning for Life After School - A Handbook... (March 2013) - [Abriendo Puertas a las Destrezas de Autodeterminación]

Opening Doors to Employment: Planning for Life After School - A Handbook... (June 2013) - [Abriendo Puertas al Empleo]

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training: A Handbook for Students, School Counselors, Teachers and Parents (October 2012) - [Abriendo Puertas a la educación y capacitación postsecundaria]