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Australian National Curriculum Review and Federal Government’s Response

Earlier this year the Federal Government established a review of the process and development of the...

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Defy Dyslexia: Help Raise Awareness

In August 2013 the national campaign, Defy Dyslexia,...

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Review of the Disability Standards for Education

The final report on the Review of the Disability Standards for Education and the Australian...

Australian Government’s response – ‘Helping people with dyslexia: a national action agenda’

After much consideration the Australian Government has released their response to the Dyslexia Working Party's report 'Helping people with dyslexia: a national action agenda' which was submitted in January 2010. The Australian Government's response was received in September 2012 and can be downloaded here.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability* that is neurological 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


This definition has been adopted by both the IDA and the NICHD. AUSPELD believes it best reflects current research evidence on the defining features of dyslexia. More on defining dyslexia...

*Other SLDs: dysgraphia, dyscalculia.
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