Bill to establish ‘dyslexia guidebook’ receives public hearing

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MADISON (WKOW) — The Senate’s Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would require the state Department of Public Instruction to develop a guidebook on dyslexia for parents, teachers and administrators.

WKOW first reported on Assembly Bill 110 in April. The proposal, introduced by Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), would change how teachers learn about the reading disorder. A separate bill would create a new position at DPI to hire a dyslexia specialist to support school districts and students.

Claudine Kavanagh, a mother of a child with Dyslexia, attended the hearing. She says the guidebook would increase awareness about the disability.

“Dyslexia is poorly understood. It’s probably under diagnosed in our society right now,” Kavanagh said. “We’ve found in our experience there’s not a lot of in-depth background knowledge in the school support community.”

Dyslexia affects about one in five people.

Emily Friese

Emily Friese

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