(Oct 19, 2016)
HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today held a news conference to highlight October as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania and to urge his colleagues in the General Assembly to consider legislation to help students born with the learning condition, in the next legislative session.
Neilson spoke at the news conference, which he cohosted with the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Literacy Coalition, about his family’s experiences with dyslexia.
“Often children like my son, who was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia, are afraid to speak up and tell their teachers or even their parents that they are having trouble reading,” Neilson said. “It is our job as legislators to raise awareness not only of the learning condition, but also the importance of early detection and interventions we know to be effective.”
Neilson also gave an informal update of the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program, which was created as a result of legislation he introduced in 2013.
“While the pilot program is still in its early stages, initial indicators suggest there is plenty of reason to be optimistic,” Neilson said. “Once we have the official report from the program and we can establish the benefits of early detection and intervention, it is my hope that we will be able to roll it out statewide. In the meantime, I will be working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to prepare additional bills for the next legislative session to help promote literacy throu Read more