HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 119
(By Delegate Kump)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Education study the law of West Virginia and of other jurisdictions to see how these deal with dyslexia and develop legislation to improve awareness of and strengthen support for citizens with dyslexia.
Whereas, Dyslexia is a learning disability that is neurobiological in origin and characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and poor decoding abilities, resulting in problems with reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge; and
Whereas, Students with dyslexia may experience difficulties in skills such as reading, spelling, writing and speaking; and
Whereas, Between ten and twenty per cent of Americans are affected by dyslexia or other reading disabilities; and
Whereas, A significant number of students in West Virginia, including those with dyslexia, read below basic reading levels and experience literacy challenges, which include difficulties with language (spoken or written) or reading (in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, or comprehension), or difficulties with one or more of the basic neurobiological or psychological processes involved in understanding or using language (spoken or written) that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or perform mathematical calculations; and
Whereas, An improved awareness of and support for persons with dyslexia will help students, including those with dyslexia, obtain the necessary instruction, support, skills, and resources to increase their success in school and in life; therefore, be it Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Education:
(1) Consider current educational policies, practices, and training with regard to literacy challenges, including dys1exia; and
(2) Review existing dyslexia-related legislation in other jurisdictions, including without limitation, California, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and Alabama; and
(3) Draft proposed legislation that furthers dyslexia awareness and implements the findings of the working group for introduction during the Regular Session of 2013; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Committee report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.