Literacy Resources

Specific Learning Disability (SLD)


The National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) is a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education.

Our Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.

Check it out: Four for Families: Key Roles for Children’s Literacy Success

Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education is focused on the importance of teaching children to read. Progress in reading development begins with Arizona’s teachers implementing data-based, systematic, and explicit instruction in a multitude of contexts, with many levels of support, each and every day.

Some characteristics of dyslexia are:

  • Difficulty learning to rhyme words
  • Difficulty with language processing
  • Difficulty pronouncing some multisyllabic words correctly
  • Slow word perception that affects reading rate and fluency.

Check it out: Dyslexia Guidance Document

Arizona English Language Arts Standards

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Dear Colleague Letter: October 23, 2015

“Dear Colleague: Ensuring a high-quality education for children with specific learning disabilities is a critical responsibility for all of us. I write today to focus particularly on the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, which are conditions that could qualify a child as a child with a specific learning disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)….” Continue reading!


Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.


Decoding Dyslexia – Arizona

A parent-led, grassroots movement promoting the identification, education, and support of students with dyslexia in Arizona.

Check it out: Two Valley moms behind new Arizona dyslexia law By Alexandra Muller Arboleda - April 22, 2015 – Raising Arizona Kids Magazine

Upcoming Events

View Full Calendar

Featured Story

Join Our Monthly Giving Program!

Join Our Monthly Giving Program!

Twelve monthly gifts can have twelve times the impact of one gift! Our staff is providing support, training, and information services daily to Arizona families. Help... Keep Reading

Read More Stories

Follow @ Raisingspecialk

Families assisted


Get Started

Parent-to-parent matches


Support Network

Professionals trained


What to Expect

Community partners


Partner with Us

Families Helping Families

Get Started

Contact Us

Raising Special Kids

5025 E. Washington St., Ste. 204 Phoenix, AZ 85034

  • Phoenix: 602-242-4366
  • Flagstaff: 928-444-8834
  • Tucson: 520-441-4007
  • Yuma: 928-444-8803
  • Toll Free: 800-237-3007