WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) has become law. President Obama signed the bill today.
“Every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many children who have dyslexia are never properly diagnosed and their school performance suffers through no fault of their own. This law will make dyslexia research and diagnosis a priority and give our children the tools they need to excel. When we invest in dyslexia research, we invest in our next generation of doctors, teachers, writers and engineers,” said Dr. Cassidy.
The READ Act requires the president’s annual budget request to Congress to include the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). As amended, the bill requires the NSF to devote at least $2.5 million annually to dyslexia research, which would focus on best practices in the following areas:
•Early identification of children and students with dyslexia
•Professional development about dyslexia for teachers and administrators
• Curriculum development and evidence-based educational tools for children with dyslexia
The READ Act authorizes dyslexia research projects using funds appropriated for the National Science Foundation. The bill would also authorize $2.5 million for research focused on other learning disabilities, including those which are also associated with dyslexia.
Dr. Cassidy is the founding member and former co-chairman of the Dyslexia Caucus and has been a longtime advocate for dyslexia research.