Rhode Island – 2012 – H7542 – Legislative Commission on Dyslexia

This resolution would create a seventeen (17) member special legislative study  commission whose purpose it would be to assess the educational needs of children with reading  disabilities and dyslexia.

The purpose of the commission shall be to conduct a comprehensive study of the i implications and consequences of dyslexia and to provide a comprehensive report with recommendations to the House of Representatives on the educational needs of children with reading disabilities and dyslexia and all aspects of providing education to these children,  including:

(1) Increasing awareness of dyslexia;

(2) Early assessment and identification of students with literacy challenges, including dyslexia;
(3) A tiered continuum of intensity for research-based instructional interventions for dyslexic students within the Response to Intervention model;

(4) Diagnosis, assessment, and progress monitoring procedures for students with reading disabilities and dyslexia;

(5) Scientifically-validated interventions to address the needs of students with literacy
24 challenges, including dyslexia;

(6) Wide-scale personnel training plans that would increase the number of Rhode Island teachers who possess the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading;

(7) Consistency of compliance with federal law regarding eligibility for services available  for persons with specific learning disabilities; and

(8) Encouraging coordination and collaboration between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, teacher preparation programs at Rhode Island institutions of higher education

5 thoughts on “Rhode Island – 2012 – H7542 – Legislative Commission on Dyslexia”

  1. To date, this Study Commission has sadly NEVER met. Anyone having issues in Rhode Island or needs help, please contact the RI branch of ‘Decoding Dyslexia” at the above website, Facebook page.

  2. To any parent with inquiry as to getting your State on board with recognizing Dyslexia in the schools. You need to look up Decoding Dyslexia in your State. Massachusetts has a chapter and has joined. I would suggest you start getting involved there Katherine Snyder. Good luck.

  3. This Study Commission has NEVER met!! Why??? Simply outrageous and disappointing.

    Officially now here in Rhode Island and I NEED VOLUNTEERS to help create a website (following the other 39 states that have already been created in the last 2 years) for Rhode Island. Also I need parents testimony, thoughts; educational tutoring that works, and I offer you information to assist with moving Rhode Island to change their views on Dyslexia.


  4. Hello,

    I have been trying to get the school system to listen to me for years about what it meant for my son to be Dyslexic. I have had very little help from them in receiving services for him that was successful. The best program I found was a summer program at The Hamilton School but it is pricey for many families affected. My son learned to read here during his first summer with some very minimal help from the public school system six weeks prior when they found out I was enrolling him… They did offer an untrained teacher to work with him but it was the better than what they were doing before..just frustrating him to have a meltdown. I hope we can still do more. My son has worked harder than anyone I know to learn. He even went to a residential program in Vermont for three years and became a confident young man there while he was taught by people who understood his needs, what a difference it makes. He still has trouble with math and probably always will. He has had so much intervention throughout the years and still fails those timed tests. The school has decided this year to make it more difficult for him to get his diploma. He attends school regularly, does his homework, is a pleasure to teach but he can’t pass his NECAP. Sorry you can’t graduate, they tell him..He is in 11th grade and we have worked, yes it was a full time job for me too to get him to be able to read , write and do math. I am never surprised how much these educated people can really know so little about our struggle. Please pass a law that protects our children from this discrimination because they have an invisible disability. More people have to understand they don’t need to be in Special Ed with low functioning children, they are bright children and have great minds..they just need alternative programs for learning. I have been fighting since my son was in second grade and I hope it will change sooner than later.

  5. Hello,
    I thinks this is so GREAT to see what your state and others are doing for these children to get a better education. Also I’m happy to see the teachers will get the training they need to be even better teachers for the children in thier schools.It’s about time! I myself am dyslexic and would of benifitted greatly if it was around when I was in school. But now am a mother of 11 year old twin daughthers that are just like me. So I know how they feel when it comes to school. I have been going up against thier schools to get them the education they deserves. I have read if not most of the No Child Left Behind Laws and paid 1.000 if not more to an advocate to keep my children on thier IEP. So the school would stop with the ADHD/ADD approach with my children and recogonize
    that my children where in 3rd grade going into 4th grade with a 1st grade education do to them being DYSLEXIC.Not ADHD/ADD. l have read Mississippi, Texas,South Dakota handbooks for thier shcools. And now see Rhode Island doing the same for thier school. I live in Falmouth Massachusetts and would love to learn more on how to get our schools on broad here for our children and their parents needs . Sincerly yours, Katherine Snyder

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