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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

House Passes READ Act to Support Dyslexia Research

October 26, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the U. S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3033: the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act. Following the passage of the bill, Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06), a cosponsor of the legislation, released the following statement:

“Dyslexia is the most common reading disability yet many Americans remain undiagnosed, mistreated or even untreated,” said Congressman Costello. “It can take years for students to be properly diagnosed and treated, and frequently, dyslexia goes undetected into their adult years. The READ Act uses existing federal dollars to better identify dyslexic students, improve curriculum, and allow teachers and administrators to better meet the needs of dyslexic students. I am pleased that the House took action on this legislation during National Dyslexia Awareness Month to not only raise awareness about dyslexia but  empower teachers and administrators with the tools they need to help all students succeed, no matter their ability, or reading level. I encourage Senate action on this bill as soon as possible.”

Background:

Dyslexia affects one out of six Americans, including as many as 8.5 million children and students. Learning strategies for reading is fundamental to realizing the potential of individuals with dyslexia. Dyslexic students often have higher-level thinking abilities, such as the ability to solve complex problems or a higher aptitude for mathematics.

H.R. 3033 requires the President’s annual budget submission to Congress to include a line item for the amount requested for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research in Disabilities Education program. The bill also directs the NSF to support dyslexia research and ensure that at least $5 million of its annual budget is devoted to such research. 

The Research in Disabilities Education program at the NSF supports fundamental and implementation research about learners of all ages with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The program encourages efforts to understand and address disability-based differences in STEM education and workforce participation to increase the educational achievement and workforce participation of such individuals. The bill does not authorize the appropriation of any additional funds for these purposes.

 

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