Saint Paul, MINN – State Senator Alice Johnson’s bi-partisan legislation to establish vision therapy pilot projects in area schools is part of the 2014 Omnibus Education Bill released today.
The $500,000 pilot program will allow several schools to take part in comprehensive eye exams to screen for issues such as convergence insufficiency. Those that test positive will receive therapy. Visual factors such as convergence insufficiency (CI) disorders are the primary cause of reading failures when evaluating beginning readers. Because CI causes difficulty with early reading, children with CI are often diagnosed as learning disabled.
“I am pleased we received partial funding in the supplemental Omnibus Education Finance Bill in a non-budget year,” Sen. Johnson said. “This problem is not going away. I will keep working on this issue and remain hopeful the program will prove to be successful and receive a permanent appropriation.”
Sen. Alice Johnson
DFL-Spring Lake Park