We testified and provided evidence that NYS needs literacy laws to protect our students, teachers and communities from teacher training programs that do not teach children how to read. We need science-based programs that work!
Joint Legislative Public Hearing: 02/11/2020 Dyslexia Advocacy Action Group asks NYS for Literacy Laws!! Thank You: Decoding Dyslexia NY !!!
Dyslexia is the most common reading disability affecting up to 1 in 5 people or 20% of the community (Yale Scientific). Dyslexia crosses racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. With a structured literacy approach that is explicit, sequential and multisensory every student with dyslexia can become a skilled reader, fully participate in their education and successfully achieve their potential.
3 out of 4 people on welfare cannot read (National Assessment of Adult Literacy)
80% of youths brought before the courts have low reading skills (National Assessment of Adult Literacy)
70-85% of people in prison cannot read (National Assessment of Literacy)
38-45% of people in prison have dyslexia (Moody, 2000)
89% of suicide notes left by youths when studied were found to have a disproportionate amount of dyslexia-type spelling mistakes (Learning disabilities and Adolescent Suicide, 1997)
85% of children classified with Learning Disabilities (LD) actually have dyslexia (Yale Center for Dyslexia)
Dyslexia is genetically inherited (International Dyslexia Association)
Students with learning disabilities including dyslexia have a three times higher risk of attempting suicide (Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2006)
Low reading scores and levels of intelligence for students with dyslexia have no correlation. In fact, the most innovative scientists, inventors and artists of our time have dyslexia (Yale Scientific). What are we doing to our potential geniuses?
The cost of reading failure (prime reason for school drop-outs) in New York State is: $ 3,088,573,000 (Education Consumers Foundation)
No child should be in crisis at their public school. Together we can influence change.
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We are a grassroots movement driven by families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for students with dyslexia or at risk of dyslexia.