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

Julia Abraham
kris cassell
Esta Bigler
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
Christina Carney
Lisa Rudley
Donna Arking
Laurie Windsor
Dayna Checketts
Lois Kaufman
John Toner
Barbara Higgins
Jeannine Mele
Maryann Labarbera
Phil Gaskill
Marvin Lewis
Leonard Kaufman
2,013 signatures

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Christina Carney
    signed 2019-10-04 17:49:06 -0400
  • Lisa Rudley
    @lisarudley tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-04 17:40:56 -0400
  • Lisa Rudley
    signed 2019-10-04 17:40:11 -0400
  • Donna Arking
    signed 2019-10-04 17:17:54 -0400
    As a mother of a son, now 31, who struggled intensely learning to read, but got the help he needed, I hope this excellent bill will pass and give many other youngsters the help they need. Thank you Robert Carroll for sponsoring it. Donna Arking, LCSW
  • Laurie Windsor
    signed 2019-10-04 17:02:40 -0400
    This is so overdue!
  • Dayna Checketts
    signed 2019-10-04 16:42:48 -0400
  • Lois Kaufman
    signed 2019-10-04 16:07:35 -0400
    My grandson want helped in local school. He was given OT. PT. Speech pull out services but nothing helped. 1 year at windward and he’s beginning to read and is more confident about his ability
  • John Toner
    signed 2019-10-04 16:03:34 -0400
  • Barbara Higgins
    signed 2019-10-04 16:00:37 -0400
  • Jeannine Mele
    signed 2019-10-04 15:08:08 -0400
  • Maryann Labarbera
    signed 2019-10-04 15:07:02 -0400
  • Phil Gaskill
    signed 2019-10-04 14:59:16 -0400
    You’re so great, Bobby. I’m so glad I know you.
  • Marvin Lewis
    signed 2019-10-04 14:44:13 -0400
  • Leonard Kaufman
    signed 2019-10-04 14:33:38 -0400