Sen. Kent Eken advocates for dyslexia awareness
ST. PAUL, MINN – Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) spoke at Dyslexia Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Decoding Dyslexia: Minnesota. Students and parents shared personal stories about their struggles with dyslexia, a language-based learning disability which results in a cluster of symptoms that make learning to read unusually challenging.
“I am a strong advocate for increased awareness about dyslexia because I know when learning disabilities are identified early on, kids have a much better chance of catching up to their peers and succeeding in school. As a legislator from a rural Minnesota, awareness is doubly important as isolated communities face an even tougher battle to get the help they need,” said Sen. Eken.
Decoding Dyslexia: Minnesota is advocating for the following legislative initiatives:
- A universal definition and understanding of dyslexia. (accomplished in 2015 — MN State Statute 125A.01)
- Early screening for dyslexia.
- Evidence-based remediation programs for general and special education students who show signs of dyslexia.
- Teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs, and accommodation strategies that can help students with dyslexia.
- Access to appropriate assistive technologies in the public school setting for students with dyslexia.