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Helping All Children Learn - How Missouri House Bill 2379 Impacts Children with Dyslexia

Saturday, 06 April, 2019

"We (society in general) need a better understanding of how dyslexia impacts learning - reading, spelling, and even math facts. Children are not always diagnosed with dyslexia and sometimes their inability to learn gets treated as they are trouble makers. Add to the fact that not all parents have the energy, knowledge, and ability to advocate for children. So, the new law mandates screening for young children (preschool through third grade). We will hear from doctors, parents, educators, literacy professionals, and school personnel about what it means if a child is dyslexic and, how parents in different socioeconomic statuses help their children. Regardless, all children matter. "

Migrants face trials that most people will never have to face throughout their life. To build upon this, while we can do our best to empathize with their struggles and difficulties, it's most important to recognize we are all human and we are all the same. This being said, it's important to not only discuss what makes us unique, how we became who we are, but also what unites us. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Countless children are impacted by it and it goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed. Imagine coming to a new country, the language is foreign, the people aren't like the ones you're used to, and there's something that is making this new learning curve even more difficult for you. It's essential to have a conversation about dyslexia, how we're seeking to make a change, how it impacts our communities, as well as how this set back can unite us.

The event will take place in Cook Hall Room 234.