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.

Senator Kent Eken speaks during Dyslexia Day on the Hill.
Senator Kent Eken speaks during Dyslexia Day at the Capitol.

“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:

  1. A universal definition and understanding of dyslexia. (accomplished in 2015 — MN State Statute 125A.01)
  2. Early screening for dyslexia.
  3. Evidence-based remediation programs for general and special education students who show signs of dyslexia.
  4. Teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs, and accommodation strategies that can help students with dyslexia.
  5. Access to appropriate assistive technologies in the public school setting for students with dyslexia.
Senator Kent Eken
Kent Eken represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.

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