Congress Holds a Hearing on the Science of Dyslexia

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Congress Holds a Hearing on the Science of Dyslexia

On September 18, 2014,for the first time in more than 30 years, Congress held a hearing on the science of dyslexia. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hosted the hearing, bringing together researchers, professionals, and parent advocates who are all determined to improve education for students with dyslexia.

Not only was the event widely attended by parent advocates from across the country who speak out every day, but members of Congress also shared their own stories. Reps. Cassidy (R-LA), Brownley (D-CA), Buschon (R-IN), and Edwards (R-MD) all spoke passionately about their experiences as parents of children with learning disabilities and the struggles they faced to get their children the help they needed.

NCLD hosted a luncheon after the hearing ended, where we continued the discussion. At the luncheon, NCLD heard from advocates, school leaders, and parents. Many groups were represented, including Decoding Dyslexia, International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association, Learning Ally and Literate Nation.

The message of the day was clear: dyslexia impacts many kids in our schools, but together, we have what it takes to help every one of them learn and thrive.

See the parent advocates and other leaders who participated in this emotional and exciting day in the gallery of photos below. Follow us on Twitter @LD_Advocate and sign up for our LDAction list to stay involved and learn about more ways to keep the advocacy going on this important issue.