Medical Certification is No Longer Required for Reading Disabilities (National AEM Center)
According to the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center, important regulatory changes are have been made that should ease access to accessible formats of materials for students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.
On February 12, 2021, the National Library Service (NLS) published the regulations that go along with the Library of Congress Technical Corrections Act of 2019. In addition to expanding the list of persons who may certify a student’s eligibility for accessible formats, the Library of Congress removed the requirement for certification by a medical doctor for those with reading disabilities. Educators, school psychologists, and certified reading specialists are now among the professionals authorized to certify students with reading disabilities.
The National AEM Center will be providing technical assistance to states and districts to support the implementation of these changes.