Schools in other states are slowly gaining awareness about dyslexia and the need for early detection and intervention. Texas was the first state to pass a dyslexia law which includes procedures for dyslexia screening and intervention. Other states such as Ohio are trying to pass legislation that would formally recognize dyslexia as a learning disability and develop a program to make it easier for dyslexic students to receive specialized education assistance in the public schools. However, other states fail to even recognize the existence of the condition! This is despite 30 years of independent, scientifically replicated research on dyslexia paid for by our tax dollars (National Institute of Health).
School administrators have a responsibility to gain at least a general understanding of dyslexia since it affects 15 - 20% of the population in some degree. More importantly, administrators, particularly in private schools, have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many young people by implementing a few budget-friendly measures to screen all children kindergarten-first grade for the risk of reading failure AND provide appropriate, research-based intervention proven to be effective in remediating children with dyslexia.
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