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How many people are affected by/at risk for reading disorders?

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According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), 5% to 6% of students in the United States receive special educational services for a disability in reading and language processing.

The IDA estimates, however, that up to 20% of the population as a whole has some of the symptoms of reading disorders.1


  1. International Dyslexia Association. (2012). Dyslexia basics. Retrieved on September 7, 2012, from http://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/DyslexiaBasicsREVMay2012.pdf External Web Site Policy (PDF - 193 KB) [top]

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 02/28/2014