New N.H. Law Requires Schools To Screen For Dyslexia But Funding For Key Role In Question

Mar 29, 2017

This post has been corrected and revised to reflect the following:  The House Finance Committee recently approved funding for a position to work with the N.H. Dept. of Education to fulfill aspects of the state's new "Dyslexia Law."   The position was not originally in the Governor's version of the budget.  

The full House votes on this next week, and, after that, the state senate will makes its own budgetary decision on the position.  For more, read here.

Once described as " word blindness," dyslexia affects a person's ability to read accurately and fluently. It's surprisingly common, but early screening and intervention can make a major difference.  The new law requires school districts do just that.   


GUESTS:

  • Anne Eaton - Reading tutor at Parker Academy, where she specializes in helping students with dyslexia. She's a member of the Board of Directors of the NH Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She lobbied in support of NH's dyslexia bill, which passed last year.  Her daughter has dyslexia.
  • Travis Harker -  Family doctor at the Family Health Center in Concord; he has written about his experience as a parent of a child with dyslexia. 
  • Renee LeCain -   Owner and director of Language, Literacy, and Learning, which helps students struggling with dyslexia, including those referred by school districts. 
  • Marisol Vincent - She struggled with dyslexia as a child but found help at a school specializing in dyslexia. She was able to develop techniques for reading and went on to college, and now has a career. 

To watch a video on Dr. Harker and his family, produced by Understood, visit here.