The Education Act 1998

The Act describes itself as

An Act to make provisions in the interest of the common good for the education of every person in the state, including any person with a disability or who has other special educational needs

The Education Act 1998 provides for the needs of all students. While dyslexia is not mentioned specifically in the Act, the Act does define disability among other things as

A condition, illness or disease which affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or which results in disturbed behaviour

Section 2 (e)

This clearly includes dyslexia

The Act requires schools to

ensure that the educational needs of all students, including those with a disability or other special educational needs, are identified and provided for

Section 9 (a)

It also requires the inspectorate to

assess the implementation and effectiveness of any programmes of education, which have been devised in respect of individual students who have a disability or other special educational needs

Section 13.3 (a) (III)

The Act requires the board of management of schools to

use the resources provided to the school from monies provided by the Oireachtas to make reasonable provision and accommodation for students with a disability or other special educational needs, including, where necessary, alteration of buildings and provision of appropriate equipment.

Section15.2 (g)

It further states that

the school plan shall state the objectives of the school relating to equality of access to and participation in the school and the measures which the school proposes to take to achieve those objectives including equality of access to and participation in the school by students with disabilities or who have other special educational needs.

Section 21 (2) 

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