Students, teachers, and parents from the Riverside School in Chesterfield are at the Capitol today (1/30) to meet with legislators and help them understand dyslexia. They call this Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Advocacy Day.
Debra Mitchell is Associate Head of School at Riverside. She said there is a lot of optimism today. “There have been bills that are sponsored by some of the representatives this year dealing directly with dyslexia and education preparation programs. This is an important year to be out there advocating.”
One in five students in Virginia has a language based learning disability. Mitchell noted that one key piece of legislation would add specialized college courses for education majors. “The ways that we work with students with dyslexia, teaching them how to read, are different. For future teachers to have this training would be very important in working with students with dyslexia.”