May 15, 2019

Dyslexia: A Survey and Resources for Parents

dyslexia survey and resources

The Iowa Dyslexia Survey

The Iowa Department of Education is teaming up with the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to distribute this survey on behalf of the Iowa Dyslexia Task Force. The task force was established by the Iowa General Assembly in 2018. The survey’s intended audience includes parents of children with reading difficulties, public school administrators, educators, and paraprofessionals; area education agency professionals; and higher education teacher training faculty. The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary, although participation is strongly encouraged so that the task force can have a comprehensive collection of information about dyslexia response in Iowa. Survey results will be detailed in a report to the Governor and General Assembly in November. This report will be available to the public. Access the Iowa Dyslexia survey here.

Dyslexia Resources

Learning Ally is a great source of audiobooks for students with learning differences. But did you know that they also provide a wealth of information on struggling readers and dyslexia? Check out their virtual conference, Spotlight on Dyslexia, for parents and educators on June 7, 2019. The conference will feature Dr. Maryanne Wolf and 15 other experts in the fields of literacy, dyslexia, and neurology.


The Iowa Reading Research Center also offers a one-hour eLearning Dyslexia Overview module free for college students, in-service teachers, and family members in the state of Iowa. Their module topics include myths, neurobiological factors, recognizing potential signs of dyslexia, and features of instruction.