The purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment charter schools of a new online tool available to assist Texas teachers of all grades and courses in integrating technology to accommodate students with dyslexia.
In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.0031, added by Senate Bill 866 (82nd Texas Legislature), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) established a committee to develop a plan for integrating technology into the classroom to help accommodate students with dyslexia. The plan was developed as an interactive online tool which is now available at no cost to all Texas educators. The tool is organized into three sections:
- Section One: An overview of the benefits of integrating technology into the classroom to help accommodate students with dyslexia, including research to support the plan
- Section Two: A list with descriptions of classroom technologies that are useful and practical in assisting public schools in accommodating students with dyslexia, considering budget constraints of school districts
- Section Three: A methodology for providing the technologies to students with dyslexia
Access to the online tool Technology Integration For Students With Dyslexia is available through the state dyslexia support site at Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) or through the following link: http://www.region10.org/dyslexia/techplan/. Districts and charter schools wishing to obtain additional information about the online tool or to schedule training should contact the dyslexia support specialist at any of the 20 regional ESCs.
In addition to this resource, other statewide dyslexia assistance is available to districts, charter schools, universities, parents, service centers, and other entities. To contact the State Dyslexia Consultant, Virginia Gonzalez, please call the state dyslexia hotline, (800) 232-3030, ext. 1410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact the Statewide English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator, Karin Miller, please call (512) 463-9581 or email email@example.com.