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Dynamics of Dyslexia 2017
Our 2017 Fall Conference, “Dynamics of Dyslexia,” will be held on October 24 and 25th, 2017, at the NIU Naperville Conference Center. Our Keynote Presenters are Dr. Peter Bowers, founder of WordWorks Literacy Centre, speaking on Structured Word Inquiry, and Sarah Ward, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, who will address Executive Functioning Strategies for Parents and Educators. Stay tuned for more details!
House of Representatives approves Dyslexia Act
The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033), a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Julia Brownley (D-California), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. The Congressional Dyslexia Caucus has over 100 members and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia and ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities.
Dyslexia affects an estimated 8.5 million school children and one in six Americans in some form. The READ Act supports important research and development to help overcome dyslexia.
The READ Act requires the president’s annual budget request to Congress to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). It also requires the NSF to devote at least $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 multi-directorate, merit-reviewed, and competitively awarded dyslexia research projects using funds appropriated for the NSF Research and Related Activities account and the Education and Human Resources Directorate.
For more information: READ Act