In my book DYSLEXIA: A TEACHER'S JOURNEY, Memoir, I alluded to Rep. Bill Cassidy's (Louisiana), along with Rep. Pete Stark of California, work in establishing the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Rep. Cassidy has introduced House Resolution 456.
This resolution recognizes that great progress has been made in understanding dyslexia at a scientific level. Yet 66 percent of our nation's children are performing below proficient in reading. This resolution demands that state and local educational agencies address dyslexia because of significant implications. Namely, diagnosis, evidenced-based interventions and accommodations must be implemented. We who teach have seen children flounder, often year after year, only to be denied recognition and services. Researchers say we have the scientific knowledge. We must apply this knowledge. Rep. Cassidy's resolution addresses this action gap by bringing science to education.
Drs. Bennet and Sally Shaywitz, both medical doctors and researchers at Yale University, call Rep. Cassidy's Resolution "the breakthrough that we all have been waiting and hoping for." The author of "The Hill" summarizes Rep. Cassidy's and the Shaywitzs' ideas by saying, "For too long, parents have had to endure seeing their child
struggle with every sign of dyslexia, confirmed by diagnosis if they can afford it, only to be denied recognition and services. Children confused, thinking they are not capable, lose self-esteem and give up on themselves."
HOUSE Res, 456 needs the support of at least 100 U.S. Congress members to bring it to a vote. Please call your representative and urge him/her to support this resolution.