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NYC Unveils Program To Address Dyslexia

Mary Grey, a language specialist, helps out in the classroom.
Mary Grey, a language specialist, helps out in the classroom.

New York City officials will making investments into supporting public school students will dyslexia.

Starting next fall, students at 160 schools will get a literacy screening to see if they are at risk of dyslexia. Eventually all students will be screened for the disability that impairs a person’s ability to read. Schools Chancellor David Banks says this is the start of the largest most comprehensive approach to supporting students with dyslexia in the country.

“Our approach has been a flawed approach and there is so many of our students who have not gotten the support that they need and that changes today.”

By the fall of next year, the city plans to have at least one school in every borough offer specialized instruction. Over the next year, teachers will receive training on identifying and supporting dyslexic students.