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Sep 5, 2017 11:11 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

'Dyslexia Bill' Signed Into Law By Governor Cuomo

Sep 5, 2017 2:51 PM

A bill designed to address the educational needs of students with dyslexia and other related language-based learning disorders recently was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Originally known as the “dyslexia bill,” the legislation instructs the State Department of Education to comply with federal guidelines when developing Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, for special education students. In particular, it allows school districts to focus on specific disorders—such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia—when evaluating the eligibility requirements of special needs students.

According to a statement from State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., a cosponsor of the bill, districts were previously reluctant to reference dyslexia and other similar disorders when developing IEPs for special education students. Instead, such disorders were classified under broader terms as “learning disabilities.”

“This bill will help inform school districts and BOCES about the educational needs of students with dyslexia,” Mr. Thiele said in a statement, “so that early interventions and services can be provided to help these children become proficient readers.”

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