New Mass. law gives dyslexic kids tools they need to succeed

This month, I wanted to give a shout out to a young Leominster advocate who spent the last two years fighting for new legislation to support students with dyslexia.

Christian came to visit me with his mom in 2017 to advocate for S2607, “An Act relative to students with dyslexia,” and to share his own story. Thanks to Christian and many other students and their families, the bill was passed by both the House and the Senate, and was signed into law on Oct. 19. This is no small feat — especially while the House and Senate are in informal session.

Christian’s mom, Christina, told me, “Christian, like many children with dyslexia, showed signs of dyslexia as early as kindergarten and struggled in school. Children with the language-based learning disability often have trouble organizing language, spelling and learning letters and sounds. As a parent, once we knew he had dyslexia and why it was hard for him to learn how to read, we were better able to help him.”

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