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Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

Definition

A specific learning disability is defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic learning processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest in significant difficulties affecting the ability to listen, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematics. Associated conditions may include, but are not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or developmental aphasia. A specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of a visual, hearing, motor, intellectual, or emotional/behavioral disability, limited English proficiency, or environmental, cultural, or economic factors.

This definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03018, F.A.C.

Contacts

  • Program Specialist: Laurie Epps,
  • SLD District Contacts

State Laws and Regulations

The rules referenced below are specific to SLD. Please refer to Volume I-B: Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Excerpts Related to Exceptional Student Education (PDF, 3MB) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.

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