Evidence Based Structured Literacy for Struggling and/or Dyslexic KCK/USD500 Students

Evidence Based Structured Literacy for Struggling and/or Dyslexic KCK/USD500 Students

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FRIEDA TRESVAN started this petition to Usd500 School Board & Superintendent

What is dyslexia? 

Dyslexia is defined by an unexpected difficulty in reading. Dyslexia takes away an individual’s ability to read quickly and automatically, and to retrieve spoken words easily, but it does not diminish their
intelligence, nor dampen their creativity and ingenuity.

How many people does dyslexia affect?
1 in 5 people have dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, accounting for about 85% of all learning disabilities. It is universal. It crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. Nearly the same percentage of males and females have dyslexia. 80% of children with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) have reading difficulty and 85% of those are Dyslexic. 

General problems experienced by people with dyslexia include the following:

� Learning to speak 
� Learning letters and their sounds
� Organizing written and spoken language
� Memorizing number facts
� Reading quickly enough to comprehend
� Keeping up with and comprehending longer reading assignments
Spelling
� Learning a foreign language
� Correctly doing math operations

Some specific signs for elementary aged children may include:
Difficulty with remembering simple sequences such as counting to 20, naming the days of the week, or reciting the alphabet
� Difficulty understanding the rhyming of words, such as knowing that fat rhymes with cat
Trouble recognizing words that begin with the same sound (for example, that bird, baby”, and big all start with b)

Why do dyslexics need advocacy? Advocacy is important to ensure that science and the law are reflected in decisions involving intervention and accommodations so that all have equal access to demonstrating their true ability. Science has shown a neurobiological basis for a dyslexic’s slow reading. In contrast, when given accommodations, comprehension is very high. 

Please tell USD500 our students time is valuable and they cannot wait twelve years to have their civil rights honored. We need USD500 to teach our children to read, today!

Please support implementing an evidence based, multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential literacy program in all grades starting in kindergarten and especially with our most vulnerable students in special education. 

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