Law to Help Dyslexic Students

Gov. Quinn signed a bill into law aiming to help students with dyslexia. 

Rhiannon Norris-Robinson, an Academic Language Practitioner with Dyslexia Solutions of Illinois said this bill gives a lot of people hope. 

This is because dyslexia is the most common learning disability among students.

"At any age you can be rethought how the english language works."

Before recovery can happen, it will take team work Norris-Robinson said.

"My hope is that parents do as much as they can to help the teachers in the schools [and] not make demands, not make mandates [and] not point fingers," Norris-Robinson added.

The law creates a reading instruction advisory group. That group will train school staff members on how to identify and teach dyslexic students, because it can be tough to treat.

"You will see things like poor spelling, trouble on spelling tests. very difficult hand-writing," Norris-Robinson said. If children are not given literacy skills they are "more likely to be on public aid, more likely to spend time in jail or prison, more likely to suffer anxiety and depression and the list can go on."

The measure was unanimously supported and it is currently in place. It also entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

Current Conditions