Dyslexia Laws in Michigan

Dyslexia Laws in Michigan

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Janelle Norton started this petition to Michigan State House and

When my son was 7 it became clear he could not read.  My son no matter how hard he tried could not learn the way his public school system was teaching him to read.   We went through testing and discovered he had a learning disability in reading, it is also called Dyslexia.  My son is one of many, in fact, he is part of 20% of the population. Through research, I figured out if my son was connected to a specific method of teaching, one of which was the Orton-Gillingham method, he could learn how to read. His school district would not provide it so we paid thousands for outside/private literacy instruction.  My son and my family are not alone.  

Many parents cannot afford the educational testing let alone the private tutoring costs to remediate the reading deficits.  All children deserve access to literacy. All children should have the opportunity to learn to read.  

Those with Dyslexia can be taught to read, unfortunately, many school districts within the State of Michigan do not provide the proven interventions for this 20% of the population.  The State of Michigan needs to join almost every other State in the Country and pass legislation requiring, but not limited to, the following:

1.  Universities to educate future teachers on learning disabilities such as Dyslexia and teaching methods such as Orton-Gillingham.

2. Schools Districts to screen children for Dyslexia at an early age 

3. School Districts to provide proven interventions before 3rd grade to those with specific learning disabilities in reading

4. Professional development for all teachers, general education and special education, regarding Dyslexia

If your child is struggling to read, I encourage you to research the methods of which they are being taught.  Please join me in demanding more from the State of Michigan. It is time to make a change and it is time that all children have access to the most basic form of public education: learning to read and write.  

 

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