dyslexia

noun
dys·lex·ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Definition of dyslexia 

: a variable often familial learning disability involving difficulties in acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing

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dyslexic \-sik \ adjective or noun

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Schreiner University in Kerrville will host a conference on dyslexia featuring reading expert and award-winning professor Maryanne Wolf of Tufts University. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Dyslexia expert to speak at Schreiner University," 10 Jan. 2018 Fernandez has five children, and two have struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Emily Bazar, sacbee, "State has tax-funded mental health programs. Good luck figuring out if you qualify," 1 May 2018 The federal probe began in late 2016, after the Chronicle spoke to dozens of teachers, educators and disability rights groups who say schools have repeatedly denied services to students with dyslexia, autism and other disabilities. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "State to boost resources, oversight in effort to bolster special education," 18 Jan. 2018 The federal probe began in late 2016, after the Chronicle spoke to dozens of teachers, educators and disability rights groups who say schools have repeatedly denied services to students with dyslexia, autism and other disabilities. Alejandra Matos And Andrea Zelinski, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Delayed or denied’: Feds find Texas schools violated special education laws," 11 Jan. 2018 Gadgets Writer Lisa Shapiro describes life with dyslexia, and seeks out new technologies that help her understand and overcome the condition. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 The budget includes about $17 million in new spending on dyslexia services, special education, the district's plan for low-performing campuses and a comprehensive outside performance review. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD trustees unanimously approve $2B budget on second try," 25 June 2018 Growing up with dyslexia, reading was a constant challenge for her. Meredith Blake, latimes.com, "PBS brings 'Little Women' to a new generation," 10 May 2018 Fernandez has five children, and two have struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Emily Bazar, sacbee, "State has tax-funded mental health programs. Good luck figuring out if you qualify," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of dyslexia

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dyslexia

New Latin, from dys- + Greek lexis word, speech, from legein to say — more at legend

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dyslexia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dyslexia

medical : a condition in the brain that makes it hard for a person to read, write, and spell

dyslexia

noun
dys·lex·ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Kids Definition of dyslexia

: a learning disability in which a person usually has a problem in reading, spelling, and writing

Other words from dyslexia

dyslexic \-ˈlek-sik \ adjective

dyslexia

noun
dys·lex·ia | \ dis-ˈlek-sē-ə \

Medical Definition of dyslexia 

: a variable often familial learning disability that involves difficulties in acquiring and processing language and that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing

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