Fairfield legislators work to better support dyslexic students

Bill ensures reading and language arts consultants are trained to teach dyslexic students

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) hailed a bill designed to help the thousands of Connecticut children struggling with reading skills due to dyslexia.

The legislation, SB 317, An Act Concerning Dyslexia, ensures that educators seeking endorsement as a remedial reading, remedial language arts, or reading specialist be equipped to engage and educate students with dyslexia. Following enactment of this legislation, affected teachers will need to complete a reading and language diagnosis and remediation program of study. Educators will receive instruction, including supervised practicum hours, on the diagnosis and remediation of Dyslexia, aligned with evidenced-based structured literacy interventions that have been proven to help these students become better readers.

“More training is crucial for teachers who instruct students with Dyslexia and similar learning disabilities. Without this legislation, we set up both our teachers and kids to fail. If our educators don’t have the skills to identify children with Dyslexia, too many kids will continue to slip through the cracks,” said Rep. Kupchick.

Devlin said, “Early detection of a child with a learning disability is critical in providing a curriculum that is best tailored to that student and assisting that student to reach their potential.”

Dyslexia is defined as a learning disability that affects reading, specifically spelling and word recognition. Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder and is often inconsistent with a student’s other cognitive abilities. It is estimated that 15-20 percent of children struggle with this condition.

The bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and now goes to the governor for his signature.

State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132).

State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132).

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