Schools and institutes across the globe should take the initiative to extend additional support to enhance the performance of students having Dyslexia. Learners having trouble with reading and intelligence related problem need some extra support from the school, institute, teachers and parents at home. It seems that finally sense has prevailed in the society and people are willing to extend help to the Dyslexia students. Recently, Arkansas Department of Education‘s held three days Dyslexia Conference. The conference witnessed 700 hundred participants. One unique aspect of the conference was that- it was viewed online. Read on.
At the conference, the dignitaries present were Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Duval County, Timothy Odegard, Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Centre for Dyslexia & Creativity and author of the book Overcoming Dyslexia. The event was opened by Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key; Senator Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock; and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman, the member of the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus R-Ark.
Education Department’s interim assistant commissioner Stacy Smith said,
“Schools are required to implement the dyslexia law that requires them to have an interventionist and an identified program. It also requires them to have screening for their students. This is still a very new law as far as being implemented in schools, and schools are thirsty for professional development in this area.”
Giving the reference of one survey dyslexia specialist for the Arkansas Department of Education Vicki King told,
“State has not been required in the past to keep data on the number of students diagnosed with dyslexia. But the research shows us that about 20 percent of the population has the weakness in the phonological component of language. which if not addressed appropriately could end up being detrimental to their literacy development.”
Conference at online
Since there were over registration and organisers were forced to send back many participants. This has led the disappointment among many educators, vendors and parents who wanted to participate in the conference. Since the conference registration reached to its maximum limit, there was little scope for the remaining participants to join the event. However, the Arkansas Department of Education made sure people who wanted to participate in the conference did not miss any single bit of the event. So the decision was taken to telecast the event online so that who wanted to participate get live streaming of the conference.
For the real cause
The intention have shown the will to support a great cause. Dyslexia cannot be the hurdle for the development of an individual. With all the available resources we can make things right for those who are facing the difficulties. With initiative like Dyslexia Conference we can jointly find the real solution and method to tackle the issue. I am sure likewise collective effort will help us to regularly evaluate the things. On the other side the constant assessment will not just help learners but to us as well to assist Dyslexia students to take effective learning.
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