Bill to assist dyslexic students passes the Indiana House

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) has co-authored a bill to more clearly define dyslexia. Thursday, the bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. 

House Bill (HB) 1108 also provides resources for teachers to identify students with the disorder.

“In December, I had the pleasure of visiting a school that specializes in teaching students with dyslexia and other information processing differences,” said Rep. Mayfield. “After meeting with parents and hearing the struggles their children faced in the traditional K-12 setting, I was impressed by the accomplishments that I witnessed in those classrooms.”

Dyslexia is a learning disability that may affect an individual’s ability to read, write and spell words. The disorder does not indicate intelligence level and is unrelated to an individual’s ability to learn, think or be creative. Many successful people have struggled with dyslexia, including Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Spielberg.

“I think it is extremely important that teachers are able to identify students with dyslexia,” said Rep. Mayfield. “Once identified, teachers and students can focus on student learning using methods that maximize opportunities for success.”

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