• Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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 growth of vocabulary and background
    knowledge.   

                                                                             -Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002