Defines dyslexia and establishes pilot program to provide early screening and intervention services for children with risk factors for dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness.
Defines dyslexia as “A specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin and that is characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities not consistent with the person’s intelligence, motivation and sensory capabilities, which difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language.”
Establishes a pilot program in three school districts, to continue for three years, to determine the feasibility of early intervention and screening.
As amended in the State Senate, the bill restricts the intervention offered in the pilot programs to “explicit, multisensory, synthetic phonics instruction and a structured language program.”
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I was thrilled to stand with my family, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and Gov. Tom Corbett as my youngest son, Ryan, adds his name next to the governor’s signature on legislation that will establish the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Pilot Program. After Corbett signed the bill, he passed the pen to Ryan, who was the inspiration for the legislation. The program will initially be established in at least three school districts. Three years after implementation of the pilot program, the state Secretary of Education will submit an evaluation of the pilot program to the General Assembly containing recommendations to continue, expand or make changes to the program. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this day possible. For more information please visit website or call office 717-787-4331
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