Governor Hochul Signs Dyslexia Task Force Bill For 250,000 Affected Children Statewide

December 26, 2023

Today, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Dyslexia Task Force Act (S2599/A133) to establish a task force to develop guidelines regarding screening, interventions.

Including classroom support for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and related disorders, and develop a program of study for teachers to better understand such students.

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These findings could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of students statewide. The legislation is sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Robert Carroll. 

Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal said: “One in ten students is estimated to be dyslexic, including my 13-year-old daughter. For far too long, New York has been failing hundreds of thousands of our students by not adequately testing for dyslexia and serving those with it. My husband and I only learned our daughter was dyslexic when she was already in 4th grade. In fact, estimates show we have over 200,000 undiagnosed dyslexic students in New York City alone. With Governor Hochul signing our legislation with Assembly Member Carroll today, New York can now better tailor our educational systems to the needs of individual students by including early identification and support for dyslexic students.”

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