INDIANAPOLIS- One in Five. That’s how many children in Indiana are living with Dyslexia today.
Now…things might be getting a bit easier for them at school…thanks to a bill Governor Eric Holcomb recently signed into law.
Elliot Cox, who lives with dyslexia explained his classmates used to bully him, saying “You’re stupid. You can’t read. Your spelling’s so bad.”
Bullies threw those hurtful words at 10 year old 5th grader, Elliot Cox, as he struggled with Dyslexia.
Elliot Cox explained “Sometimes it just looks like the words are trying to hop off the page on you.”
His mother, Amanda, said his school didn’t catch it, but the family did. Many months of expensive tutoring finally helped Elliot.
Recently, Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that will create a universal screening process in public schools to include dyslexia and require resources to help those with the learning disability. The new law will eventually require districts to hire at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia.
Amanda Cox, Elliot’s Mother said “We are super excited about that! It’s such a win for all the kids that have dyslexia in Indiana.”
Amanda Cox said she feels like children won’t fall through the cracks anymore…because Dyslexia could be noticed earlier and intervention started sooner.
“Which is super important because if you don’t start to close the gaps early, than those kids never catch up,” Amanda Cox said “When they’re caught in 4th, 5th grade, the gap is so wide, even with proper intervention, it’s really really hard for them to make it through school.”
As Elliot continues to conquer his Dyslexia, reading has become one of his loves, and he’s now reading above his grade level.
Elliot said “If you do have dyslexia, don’t let it stop you.”
That’s a message Elliot and his family hopes reaches children and their parents across Indiana.
The new law goes into effect July first.
It’s expected to start rolling out for the 2019-2020 school year.
To read the bill, click here https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/217