Dyslexic Advantage Statement on President Obama's Signing of READ Act for Dyslexia

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Dyslexic Advantage and US dyslexia community celebrated President Obama's signing of the READ Act into law today. The READ Act requires that the National Science Foundation to fund research into the identification and teaching of students with dyslexia.

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President Obama Signs READ Act

"The READ Act is a game changer." - Dr. Fernette Eide, Co-Founder, Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexic Advantage applauded President Obama's signing of the READ Act or Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act into law today. The law requires the National Science Foundation to fund research into “the early identification of children and students with dyslexia, professional development for teachers and administrators of students with dyslexia, curricula and educational tools needed for children with dyslexia, and implementation and scaling of successful models of dyslexia intervention.”

"The READ Act is a game changer," said Dr. Fernette Eide, Co-Founder of Dyslexic Advantage. "It's just a first step, but a huge turn in the right direction to help the 8.5 million children in the public school system with dyslexia receive an appropriate education. Although 1 in 6 children are dyslexic, very few are identified in school, and teachers have not been adequately prepared to educate them in the ways they learn best. This law is important to the dyslexic community because we know how often these students have gotten left behind, and a grassroots movement of dyslexic parents, students, teachers, and professionals is finally finding their voice."

Dyslexic Advantage is one of the world's largest dyslexia communities. They work toward a world where dyslexic people are known for their strengths and provide free resources for parents, teachers, and professionals through their online community and social media.

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