House bill calls for dyslexia point person in school districts

House bill calls for dyslexia point person in school districts

On February 1, 2017the Legislation pending in the House of Delegates, and approved by House Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary & Secondary Education Tuesday, would require every School Board to employ a dyslexia adviser.The bill, HB2395, would make sure that districts had a reading specialist in place trained in how to identify and the address the condition. The specialist would also be trained in “accommodations and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder and to serve as an adviser on dyslexia and related disorders.”“This is going to ensure that they have the training in dyslexia to be the point of contact for parents and teachers who have questions,” said Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge, the bill’s sponsor.The new legislation follows a bill last year that required new teachers to receive training in identifying and dealing with dyslexia.This year’s bill is an extension of that and is meant to give parents and teachers someone to talk to.The Dyslexia Research Institute says “10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population has dyslexia, yet only five out of every 100 dyslexics are recognized and receive assistance.”

Source:http://www.richmond.com/news/local/education/districts/article_c3a9689c-faaa-59ca-bccd-a1c148d66d60.html

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