Wisconsin has assembled a multi-disciplinary Joint Legislative Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia.
The Committee met for the first time on Monday, July 9, 2018, hearing testimony and asking questions of presenters Dr. Dan Gustafson, Dr. Julie Gocey, Kurt Eley, Debra Zarling, and Dr. Mark Seidenberg. Copies of some of the presentations are available on the Committee website.
The next meeting will take place August 29, 2018 at the State Capitol, at 9:30am in Room 411 South. The Committee will hear testimony from the Department of Public Instruction only, but the public is invited to attend.
The public has the opportunity to submit written testimony to the Committee prior to the hearing on August 29th. This can be something as simple as your personal experience as a student or adult with dyslexia, a parent, a tutor, a teacher, an outside evaluator, an advocate, or a concerned citizen. Send your comments to committee chair Rep. Bob Kulp (Rep.Kulp@legis.wisconsin.gov), committee vice-chair Sen. Patty Schachtner (Sen.Schachtner@legis.wisconsin.gov), and your own assembly person and senator (see https://legis.wisconsin.gov to locate your representatives).
For your use:
- Sample wording for a letter or email
- Dyslexia Fact Sheet
- Potential contacts for testimonials in your network
- Tips for parents writing their stories
For further background on Wisconsin’s efforts, see:
- 2018 Legislative Council Study on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia, including hearing information, calendar, presentations and updates to activities
- Wisconsin Law and Other States’ Laws Relating to Dyslexia (July 2, 2018)
- Wisconsin Eye video of the July 9th hearing