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NY Daily News: "One in five kids have dyslexia"; NY law passed

Sept 6, 2017, New York Daily News: Finally getting serious about educating kids with dyslexia http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/finally-serious-educating-kids-dyslexia-article-1.3474196 But thousands more children with dyslexia — and one in five children have it — will go undiagnosed. Even for those with diagnoses, it will go unremarked upon, in large part because school officials have been afraid to use the word “dyslexia.”... That is about to change. Gov. Cuomo just signed into law a measure codifying federal protections permitting the words dyslexia, dysgraphia (which affects writing ability) and dyscalculia (affecting mathematical processing) to be used in determining eligibility for special education services and developing Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. It will also require the state Education Department to develop a guidance memorandum for use by public schools in implementing these protections. Calling disorders by their proper names, which Confucius told us is “the beginning of wisdom,” will give clarity to what has been a muddled proposition in the past. It is hoped that the new law will also spur education schools to better prepare aspiring teachers, and inform professional development programs for current teachers so they can better recognize the signs of dyslexia and related disorders and give children the help they need as soon as possible....