Section 504 and Dyslexia Identification
Section 504 and Dyslexia
What is meant by the phrase "substantial limitation"?
Generally, it means that the disability materially and significantly impacts the student's overall educational performance and experience in an adverse manner. In other words, it means the
student is experiencing serious difficulty meeting minimum academic requirements, behavioral expectations, or a combination of both. It does not mean that the student is not working up to
his/her potential or earning the best grades he/she can earn.
Can a student be disabled but not qualify under Section 504?
Yes, since some disabled students may not be substantially limited in learning or another major life activity by their disability. If a student with disabilities is able to function adequately in the
school setting, they may not be substantially limited, and thus, not eligible under Section 504.
Above information by
Jose L. Martín, Attorney at Law
Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P.
- Poor performance in one or more areas of reading and spelling that is unexpected for the student's age/grade
- Characteristics and risk factors of dyslexia
analyzed to determine whether the student demonstrates characteristics of dyslexia.
Upon analysis of the student's data, instructional recommendations for reading will be provided. The campus Section 504 committee will meet to review the recommendations and to determine the appropriate student services.