Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
formed by Reps. Pete Stark (CA) and Bill Cassidy (LA) in May 2012. Ask your state Rep. to join their caucus. See link in the left bar.
Changes to DSM-5, May 18, 2012
American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been in the process of revising DSM-4 for a long time. DMS-5 was to include dyslexia as a category in the new version. However, the APA has decided just prior to publishing DSM-5 to remove dyslexia and instead use "Specific Learning Disability (SLD)". This is a huge mistake for those families and children who have dyslexia. Personally, my son lost 4 years of remediation because it took us 3 private neuropsych evals to receive the correct diagnosis of dyslexia. Until then, he was diagnosed with SLD.
Until June 15, 2012, the APA is taking public comments. Click here to go to APA to register and let your voice be heard.
New York State Legislation Activity, May 2012
New York State Assembly Member James Brennan and other members of the Assembly to enact the Dyslexia Bill, an act to amend the education law relating to the certification or training of teachers, administrators and instructors in the area of dyslexia and related learning disabilities. The bill would require school districts to diagnose students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities and provide such students with teachers trained to instruct students with dyslexia. If you live in New York, your support to pass the Dyslexia Bill is needed. Please contact your Assembly Member and ask her/him to co-sponsor and vote in favor of Bill A09940.
Dyslexia Legislation Passed in Ohio, summer 2011
There is movement within the U.S. to change education law to unfold dyslexia out of the Specific Learning Disability definition and make dyslexia its own educational definition. This will tremendously help to remediate and identify children who have dyslexia early.
Read more from IDA's website where you can watch a video of the bill passing.