“Max has dyslexia, a reading disability thought to originate in the neurological structure of the brain. The words ‘smart’ and ‘special education’ aren’t spoken together often by educators, but Max, perched on a swivel chair before a microphone, did just that with the legislators. He told them he was smart, he had not received the correct instruction for dyslexia in seven years of special education and he wanted the legislators to do something about it” (Meredith-Adams, 2015).
Dyslexia is a relatively common but widely misunderstood learning disability, and within the last few years we have seen increased attention to and advocacy for dyslexia. As the article points out, “This month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1369, authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley. The new law requires schools to assess struggling readers specifically for dyslexia, the most prevalent learning disability in the U.S. and a disorder that affects as many as 80 percent of California students with learning disabilities in special education.”
We’re waiting on the California Department of Education to give us further guidance on what this means for our work in schools, so there is no immediate action for us to take at this time.
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Alli Guilfoil, Director of Academic Intervention