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Progress! Passed Dyslexia Laws in the United States – 2016

This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups.

13 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s some pending legislation too.

NO LAWS: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, […]

End of No Child Left Behind – Hello ESSA

It’s official. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act yesterday that officially replaces No Child Left Behind (ESEA or Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

A bipartisan effort brought the law to the President’s desk, and districts, teachers, and parents will welcome more individual state decisions involving testing and state requirements for graduation, and regarding […]

Dyslexic Advantage at the Capitol – HR 3033 – Nothing About Us Without Us

Dyslexia Advocacy Update |Nothing About Us Without Us (Latin: Nihil de nobis, sine nobis) is a phrase that may date back to Poland’s 1505 constitution, but it was embraced by disability activists and needs to be embraced by the dyslexia movement today.

Thanks to Dyslexic Advantage Board member Thomas G. West who met with Representative Lamar Smith […]

Way to Go, California! Committee passes Early Dyslexia ID Bill

Way to go, California and Decoding Dyslexia-CA!
Yesterday, the CA Assembly Education Committee passed AB-1369 with a unanimous 7-0 vote!
This bill would provide more information to teachers and school administrators statewide to aid in the early identification of dyslexia. Studies have shown that the earlier dyslexia is recognized in a student, the easier it is […]

‘Dyslexia’ Is About Who, Not What: What We Can Learn From John Quincy Adams

One more thought on last week’s Senate hearings. This post was prompted by our recent viewing of the movie Amistad—directed, incidentally, by dyslexic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Amistad tells the story of a pre-Civil War legal battle involving a group of kidnapped Africans who escaped their chains and took over a slave ship before being recaptured.
An […]