Sen. L’Italien, a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, has been a leading advocate for early screening and better remediation for children with dyslexia in Massachusetts public schools. She has sponsored legislation and stood with families in her district and statewide who desperately want and need targeted instruction for their children with dyslexia — the kind of programs available in private schools and public schools in other states, but not yet Massachusetts.
Sen. L’Italien dyslexia bill — S.312 — calls for regular teacher training on the learning disability, including recognizing its signs and intervention strategies. It also requires schools to adopt “evidence-based dyslexia remediation” programs. “Teachers want to help but often feel ill-equipped to provide the support and services that are needed,” Sen. L’Italien told Eagle-Tribune State House reporter Christian Wade in this news story in The Eagle-Tribune on May 31, 2015.
WCVB Channel 5 Boston’s Chronicle recently interviewed Sen. L’Italien and State Rep. Alice Peisch for an episode focusing on dyslexia. Both legislators are sponsoring legislation in the House and Senate that would increase awareness and improve how our public schools deal with and teach students with dyslexia – a neurologically-based learning disability that involves difficulty reading and spelling.