Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Disability, Literacy Groups Unite On Common Reading Goal

By Christina Samuels from On Special Education

The push to have all children reading on grade level by third grade must include students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, say two advocacy groups who have bonded over this common goal.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, based in New Haven, Conn., has made grants to support children with learning disabilities and their families since 1992. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a coalition of philanthropies and associations working towards improving literacy among low-income children. The two organizations have come together to promote a new initiative called"Don't 'Dys' Our Kids," which offers policy solutions for including students with disabilities like dyslexia in literacy promotion efforts.

For example, the groups promote the idea of early identification and research-based interventions for children with reading disabilities, including individualized learning profiles for struggling students. The groups also want to see improved training for teachers and more family engagement for parents of children with dyslexia.


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