Providing A Free And Appropriate Public Education

The Special Education Department supports Prince William County Public Schools as they provide an equal educational opportunity for all students.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! We encourage teachers, parents, and students to help increase awareness of this very specific type of learning disability that affects as many as 1 in 5 students. Dyslexia is different than other learning disabilities in that it occurs when there is a weakness at the phonological level. Characteristics of dyslexia include reading at significantly lower levels despite average intelligence, difficulty in fluency, spelling, and decoding, and various degrees of difficulty learning the names of letters and their associated sounds. In addition, reading comprehension problems may be present. If a student reads less often because of these difficulties, vocabulary growth and background knowledge may be negatively impacted.

Students with dyslexia can learn to read! A wide variety of professional development opportunities are available to all staff members concerning specific reading and language arts programs, strategies, and research-based tools that target the students' need. Coursework for Advanced Orton Gillingham certification and Classroom Educator programs are also available. Link course(s) # in PS course catalog for easy access. Each school will be receiving “A Dyslexia for a Day" simulation kit that can be used to further dyslexia awareness.

If you have any questions please contact:

  • Dr. Michelle M. Roper, Director of Special Education,
  • Elizabeth Davis, Supervisor of English Language Arts and PWCS Dyslexia Advisor, or
  • Rebecca Yellets, Supervisor of Specific Learning Disabilities Program.


Did you know that October is also Disability Awareness Month?

Celebrate differences during Disability Awareness in your school. We’re offering age-appropriate videos promoting inclusion of people with differences. Picture books and student profiles highlight how people turned their experiences with isolation into inclusive opportunities. These videos encourage continued inclusive practices that make everyone at school feel welcome.

Visit Special Olympics Virginia to view videos.

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TTAC Resource Spotlight

Fall Back-to-School and Accelerated Learning Resources

This Resource Spotlight features back-to-school planning and accelerated learning resources, archived virtual professional learning, and family supports for students with disabilities.


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