Change is needed and happening throughout the nation. This article focuses on our neighboring state of Colorado. Our advocacy efforts have brought positive and critical changes to the Park City School District and we are continuing to advocate to ensure that struggling readers, including those identified as dyslexic, receive early, effective intervention.
EXCERPT: “Despite the stakes for students with dyslexia, their fate is often left to the luck of the draw. The lucky few attend a school with a specialist who understands the type of instruction dyslexic children need. The vast majority do not, and go undiagnosed until a parent eventually pays the thousands of dollars for a private screening.
This waiting period can wreak havoc. Early identification is key: one study showed 90 percent of children can eventually be reading on grade level if they get help by first grade. But if they don’t receive assistance until age 9 or later, 75 percent will struggle throughout their entire school careers.”