• Petitioning United States Congress

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United States Congress

Legalize Dyslexia: Grant Accommodations to Dyslexic Students.

    1. Petition by

      Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

We're asking that Congress require that testing agencies grant accommodations for dyslexic students so that high stakes tests assess ability and not disability, and students are allowed to go forward and succeed in life. High stakes tests must be reliable, valid and accessible to dyslexic children and adults. Without accommodations, highly capable, intelligent students are being denied the opportunity to show what they can achieve. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Bi-Partisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Formed!

      Representatives Pete Stark and Bill Cassidy have launched the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, which now has 35 members. The goal of this bi-partisan group is to raise awareness about dyslexia and to ensure that every dyslexic child and adult has a chance to read, to learn, and to demonstrate and realize his or her full potential.

      "Dyslexia is a major learning disability which affects nearly 20% of Americans," said Congressman Cassidy. "By raising awareness of dyslexia we can change the way we educate our children and assist millions of children get on the path to success."

      "My motivation in starting the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus with Rep. Bill Cassidy is both personal and professional,” said Congressman Stark. “My family has learned about the disability – and the misunderstandings that surround it – through my young son’s experiences with dyslexia.”

      Read more: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/POL_dyslexiacaucus.html

    3. Reached 15,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Schetzel NEWARK, CA
      • 1 day ago

      My son is dyslexic.

    • Carolyn Clark WINDHAM, ME
      • 2 days ago

      My Grandson is Dyslexic

    • John Bambach CHARLOTTE, NC
      • 2 days ago

      I understand the dynamics of learning styles well enough to acknowledge that most tests and test conditions are, by nature preferential to some more than others. More so with learning challenges like dyslexia.

      Good teachers make efforts to connect with diverse learning styles. I think it's contingent on assessors to do the same, particularly when it comes to well defined learning characteristics that are disproportionately affected by test conditions that fail to account for them.

      Better assessment leads to better society. It's not just about the dyslexic learner; it's about all of us.

    • David Hanson SEATTLE, WA
      • 3 days ago

      These kids need accommodations.

    • LInda William CHARLOTTE, NC
      • 3 days ago

      My two sons and I are dyslexic. My children are gifted or twice exceptional. I would like to see them succeed and reach their fullest potential.


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