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Ohio Dyslexia Committee defines “appropriate certification”


Recently, the Ohio Dyslexia Committee voted to approve the definition of “appropriate certification” in identifying and addressing dyslexia under Ohio’s dyslexia support laws. The Ohio Dyslexia Committee recognizes the following as “appropriate certification”:

  • Completion of an independent training program or higher education program accredited by the International Dyslexia Association at the Accreditation Plus level;
  • Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist Certification from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction;
  • Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist Certification from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction;
  • Certified Academic Language Practitioner from the Academic Language Therapy Association; and
  • Certified Academic Language Therapist from the Academic Language Therapy Association.

The Ohio Dyslexia Committee acknowledges that external accrediting organizations control the approval processes for programs to qualify for the certifications listed above. If an educator completed a program the accrediting organization once approved but later removes, the committee will no longer consider the educator certified. If the accrediting organization adds a program, the committee will consider educators completing that program certified so long as they complete the program according to what the accrediting organization approves.

The Ohio Dyslexia Committee does not recognize independent training programs or higher education programs offering certification not listed above as “appropriate certification.”

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