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Call for Help for Dyslexia

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Do you know someone who has dyslexia or thinks s/he might? Does s/he have access to the resources s/he needs? Most likely NOT.

A pivotal bill is up for vote. Please write your congressional representative urging him/her to support the House Resolution on Dyslexia #456. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has made a proposal that may change the way Americans understand learning disabilities. Dyslexia is currently not recognized as a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore not IDEA either, for which schools are required to provide services to struggling students.

Over the past twenty years, I have been appalled by the lack of appropriate supports for students who are likely dyslexic but do not qualify for special education services. Up until recently, in fact, most dyslexics were not diagnosed until college or adulthood. Dyslexia can drastically affect the direction a person takes with his/her life in terms of school success, areas of study, career plans, and overall quality of life.

If you would like to read more about the bill or dyslexia in general, log onto dyslexia@yale.edu and read more from world-renowned researchers like Sally and Bennett Shaywitz.

If you care about the future of our children and adults with learning disabilities that are not properly serviced, write your congressional representative now!

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