Six steps for requesting a School evaluation

UNDERSTOOD.ORG is a great resource for parents, teachers and friends of students with disabilities like dyslexia, which is the population that we serve at the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY 103.  Recently we received an email guiding us to an article on the Six Steps to requesting a School evaluation.

Finding out where to send the request, being specific about why you are requesting an evaluation, consenting to the evaluation of your child, how to make sure that your letter of request arrives and what you need to do is covered in this article – which you can see here at  Six Steps article

Other resources that were highlighted are :

Types of Accommodations for Standardized Tests  and

Modifications: What You Need to Know.

Click on the red links and you will find the information you are looking for!  I encourage parents and teachers to set up a free account with and take advantage of all that they have to offer.



Exciting news! Dyslexia bill is now a law!

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Senator Martin Golden Announce the Enactment of Bipartisan Dyslexia Legislation to Address Common Learning Disability in Students!

Simply said – the bill that these legislators have written is now a law! August 22, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill into law and it will improve the lives of thousands of students.

“This new law instructs the State Department of Education to develop a guidance memorandum for schools consistent with the federal requirements and inform schools that they may include the names of specific learning disorders, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, in IEPs. This will in turn help schools provide targeted language-based interventions and help more students become successful readers. “(Simon assembly website).

You can read more about this on Jo Ann Simon’s New York State Assembly page HERE.

How to Organize your Child’s IEP Binder

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“Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child’s progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child’s IEP team. Here’s what you need to get started: ”

Follow this link to the website for an informative video (also above) and printable resources to help organize all the information you need to help organize an IEP binder for your child.  Find the link HERE.

The Characteristics of Dyslexia

What exactly are the risk factors and characteristics of Dyslexia across a lifespan?  I have frequently been asked “How do I know that my child has Dyslexia?”  I have an education degree and I’ve worked at the Children’s Dyslexia center in Oriskany for several years, but I’m not an expert.  If you ask me, I can give you some indication but I’d probably refer you to our Center Director, Linda Martin.

I am happy to provide the following information from the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia that was sent to our Center Director.  It details the characteristics, risk factors and accommodations for those with dyslexia.

You can view the PDF here.

2017.05.09 Characteristics Accommodations Foundational Reading

Hopefully it will answer some of the questions that you may have.

New Parent and Teacher Guide to Section 504

The Wrightslaw website is offering a guide to help parents and teachers better utilize Section 504 plans.  Here is just a little of what they have to say:

“Did you know that kids with disabilities who get good grades may be eligible for 504 plans? Yes!  A student may have a disability and be eligible for Section 504 services, including modifications, even if the student performs well academically.  Did you know that all public schools and all public charter and magnet schools that receive Federal financial assistance must comply with Section 504?

Do you have questions about getting services for your child or student with a disability?

The new OCR Parent and Educator Guide is a must read!”

Visit their website here to find out more.