Feb 18, 2016
Press ReleaseWashington, D.C. – The president today signed into law the bipartisan Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033). The READ Act, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), supports important research to further our understanding of dyslexia, including better methods for early detection and teacher training.
Dyslexia affects an estimated 8.5 million school children and one in six Americans in some form. The House passed the READ Act last October with unanimous support and earlier this month approved a Senate amendment, sending the bill to the president’s desk for his signature.
Chairman Smith: “Today we can help millions of Americans have a brighter and more prosperous future. Despite the prevalence of dyslexia, many Americans remain undiagnosed, untreated and silently struggle at school or work. We need to enable those with dyslexia to achieve their maximum potential. I am glad that the House and Senate were able to work together and send the president a good bipartisan bill to help accomplish this goal.”
The READ Act requires the president’s annual budget request to Congress to include the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). As amended, the bill requires the NSF to devote at least $2.5 million annually to dyslexia research, which would focus on best practices in the following areas:
•Early identification of children and students with dyslexia
•Professional development about dyslexia for teachers and administrators
•Curricula development and evidence-based educational tools for children with dyslexia
The READ Act authorizes dyslexia research projects using funds appropriated for the National Science Foundation. The bill would also authorize $2.5 million for research focused on other learning disabilities, including those which are also associated with dyslexia.
Chairman Smith introduced the READ Act with Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), who are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. The Caucus is comprised of over 100 Members of Congress and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia and ensuring that all students have equal educational opportunities.
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Rick Smith, IDA Chief Executive Officer
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) congratulates all the students, families, teachers, legislators, and so many others who have worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn to read. Our efforts have led to another victory—passage of the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (the READ Act), which will provide millions of dollars for dyslexia research on early identification of children and students with dyslexia, training in effective instruction for teachers, and development of evidence-based instruction for children with dyslexia. Click here to learn more about the law.
“We are proud to work side by side with these groups and will continue to do this work until everyone can read,” says Rick Smith, IDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We live in a time and country where 35% of fourth graders are reading at a level that is below basic…and there’s absolutely no excuse.”
Hal Malchow, IDA Board Chairman
“Identifying individuals with dyslexia and other reading difficulties and providing them with effective reading instruction from teachers trained in Structured Literacy works,” adds IDA Chairman, Hal Malchow. “That’s why it has been a cornerstone of IDA since its beginning.”
To learn more, watch Cheryl Jennings of ABC7 in the San Fricisco Bay Area’s segment “Beyond the Headlines” aired on Sunday, 2/21, at 4:30 p.m. (PST) The show features Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom; Dr. Sally Shaywitz; Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, IDA Board Member; and Tobie Meyer, Principal Leader of Decoding Dyslexia CA. Click here to watch the segment. Click here to watch the interview with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.
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