Petition - Dyslexia

One in five students is dyslexic.  50% of 4th Graders are not reading on grade level.  Only seven states nationwide evaluate all Kindergarten and 1st Graders for Dyslexia and as a consequence so many of our students go undiagnosed.

Join Brooke Lyn and me and sign our petition to call on the Governor, Mayor, Chancellor & Legislature to make New York the eighth state to universally screen all Kindergartners for dyslexia and to work together to dedicate the resources necessary to ensure that all of our children who struggle with dyslexia and other learning differences get the quality education that they deserve. 

Who's signing

Andrea Jaffee
Erika Glick
Hannah Speregen
Laura Frese
Michele Amoroso
amy meehan
Ena Kuromiya
Lillie Artale
Abbie Klenzman
Jason Durham
jennifer goldfrank
Lillie Smith
rena litt
Julia Abraham
kris cassell
Esta Bigler
Teresa Smalley
Evelyn Whitebay
Kari Nelson
Beth Litt-Wahl
Lori Wight
Vicki Markowski
Nick Goater
Josephine Bentivegna
Ursula Connolly
Lucila Broide
Beverly Drucker
Heather O’Loughlin
Nancy Costa
1,994 signatures

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  • Andrea Jaffee
    signed 2019-10-15 19:12:35 -0400
  • Erika Glick
    signed 2019-10-15 17:38:02 -0400
    Let’s do this, NYS!
  • Hannah Speregen
    signed 2019-10-15 16:44:40 -0400
  • Laura Frese
    signed 2019-10-15 16:34:48 -0400
  • Michele Amoroso
    signed 2019-10-13 08:57:27 -0400
    As the parent of 2 daughters with very different learning styles, I witnessed first hand how phonics based strategies supported my younger daughter in learning to read. At the end of first grade when she was still struggling to sound out words, quickly frustrated by the 20 minutes of reading “homework” each day, I had her privately tested and we were all (even her wonderful classroom teacher) shocked to learn that she did not know any of her vowel sounds. After about 6 months of tutoring 1 day per week (with carryover at home) using the Orton-Gillingham program, she became a strong, confident reader, who now names reading as one of very favorite activities. I credit that early identification and relatively short intervention with the success she was able to achieve. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I know the importance of early intervention, and passionately support this work.
  • amy meehan
    signed 2019-10-11 18:54:08 -0400
  • Ena Kuromiya
    signed 2019-10-11 17:51:21 -0400
  • Lillie Artale
    signed 2019-10-11 17:49:42 -0400
  • Abbie Klenzman
    signed 2019-10-11 17:38:41 -0400
    Thanks for your leadership with this important subject!
  • Jason Durham
    signed 2019-10-11 12:16:54 -0400
    Jason Durham
  • jennifer goldfrank
    signed 2019-10-08 16:45:29 -0400
  • Lillie Smith
    signed 2019-10-08 12:18:34 -0400
  • rena litt
    signed via 2019-10-08 02:40:35 -0400
  • Julia Abraham
    signed 2019-10-07 21:50:47 -0400
    Please help us, we are desperate. If I died tomorrow, my child would be functionally illiterate. We have been bullied, we have been gaslit, we have been lied to by our school and our district. My child has been neglected, yelled at, and bullied for a learning disability we HAVE treatment for. We are facing the possibility of having to gut our child’s 529 plan – her future – in order to fight the Department of Education for the free, appropriate public school education that is her right. And we may lose. We may lose our child’s quality of life in the present and for the rest of her life.

    Her father and I are working people, we have worked hard and long for the State of New York. We have paid our taxes, we have made businesses successful, we have done our part. And in return, the State and City are WILLFULLY failing our child. Condemning our child to a lifetime of illiteracy, dependency and tormenting our family. Every. Single. Day.

    My child has been diagnosed with “textbook” dyslexia by a DOE Clinical Neuropsychologist. We have thousands of providers who can treat her and the other 20% of children who present with Dyslexia. We have methods that could correct Dyslexia NOW. Our school system is one of the most well funded in the entire country. Open your eyes!

    This is wrong. THIS is what evil looks like.

    Help us! Help these children!

    What good is the knowledge you will not use!

    What good is the money you will not spend!

    What good is a city where 1 in 5 children are condemned to illiteracy before they even begin school!
  • kris cassell
    signed 2019-10-07 11:45:33 -0400
    kris cassell
  • Esta Bigler
    signed 2019-10-06 16:30:42 -0400
    Esta Bigler
  • Teresa Smalley
    signed 2019-10-05 19:14:08 -0400
  • Evelyn Whitebay
    signed 2019-10-05 15:03:42 -0400
  • Kari Nelson
    signed 2019-10-05 09:05:22 -0400
  • Beth Litt-Wahl
    signed 2019-10-05 08:07:32 -0400
  • Lori Wight
    signed 2019-10-04 22:13:40 -0400
  • Vicki Markowski
    signed 2019-10-04 21:54:35 -0400
  • Nick Goater
    signed 2019-10-04 21:26:54 -0400
  • Josephine Bentivegna
    signed 2019-10-04 21:15:56 -0400
  • Ursula Connolly
    signed 2019-10-04 20:47:24 -0400
    I sign because I care about the future of my children and every child in New York.
  • Lucila Broide
    signed 2019-10-04 19:52:10 -0400
  • Beverly Drucker
    signed 2019-10-04 19:44:40 -0400
  • Heather O’Loughlin
    signed 2019-10-04 19:36:17 -0400
    My son began struggling in first grade. I suspected dyslexia, but was told by my son’s reading teacher that they wouldn’t even recommend testing for dyslexia until fourth grade. I had him tested by a private neuropsych in third grade. He is now in fifth grade and continues to fall below grade level. If he had been screened earlier and received appropriate reading interventions, We could have avoided a lot of struggles that have affected his self esteem, and he might not be as far behind as he is now. This legislation is greatly needed in our state and across the country.
  • Nancy Costa
    signed 2019-10-04 18:37:59 -0400
  • Kevin King
    @MobileGist tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-04 18:00:35 -0400