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  • Office of Special Education Programs
    P.O. Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    phone: (609)292-0147
    fax: (609)984-8422

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    Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities

    Overview

    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 consequence may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3) (International Dyslexia Association)