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Dyslexia Bill SB1318

SB1318 Update

SB1318 will soon be considered by the full state Senate.

Please contact your State Senator (note we will contract State Representatives once the bill passes the Senate – only contact your Senator for now).  If you do not know your State Senator or Legislative District CLICK HERE and enter your address in the yellow line to locate your state legislative district.  Once you have identified your legislative district or if you already know your legislative district CLICK HERE to find your State Senator along with their contact information.

When talking or emailing a legislator:

  • Always be respectful and courteous
  • Let them know you live in their legislative district.  An email from a resident that votes in their district has a big impact.
  • Tell your personal story – our students are struggling.  Let them know why their yes vote is important.
  • Let them know they can contact you for more information.
  • Thank them for their time and support.

Talking Points on SB1318:

  • SB1318 is partnered after legislation passed in Oregon in 2015
  • At least 42 States have dyslexia screening requirements including (Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming).  It is time for Arizona to do the same.
  • 1 in 5 people have dyslexia or a reading related disability (approximately 325,000 students in Arizona) according the National Institutes of Health
  • SB1318 requires screening for risk factors for dyslexia, it does not require a medical diagnosis
  • Screenings can be completed in 5-20 minutes depending on the screening program
  • Screenings can cost between $1.00 and $8.25 per student depending on the screening program
  • Dyslexia screening can be completed when students have their vision and hearing screening
  • Dyslexia can be identified by age 5 ½ with 92% accuracy (National Institutes of Health)
  • 95% of dyslexic students will read proficiently at grade level if they receive the right kind of instruction by 1st grade (National Institutes of Health)
  • If dyslexia intervention is delayed until 4th grade it takes four times as long to improve the same skills by the same amount (Susan Hall – Straight Talk About Reading)
  • 44% of third graders in Arizona are proficient or highly proficient, 56% are minimally or partially proficient in language arts (2018 AzMerit)…Dyslexia is the link that is being ignored

February 13, 2019

Video of the amazing SB1318 testimony in Senate Education yesterday.  Thanks to the students, parents, teachers, therapists and dyslexia experts that testified.  Grab your Kleenex, as these stories are real, they are personal, they are sometimes difficult to hear, they were difficult to share.  We appreciate everyone taking the time out of their busy lives to testify before the Senate Education Committee.

Click on SB1318

Senate Bill SB1318 – schools; dyslexia; screening; training will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Feb 12th  at 2:00PM.  We need your help to ensure this legislation becomes the law in Arizona. Our state Senators need to hear directly from dyslexic students, parents and teachers.

Please click the image for the SB1318 call to action for a details.   We are planning to gather at the Capitol at 1:00PM so everyone can register to speak and / or support SB1318.  We will have #SayDyslexia t-shirts for sale for $25. Please show your support for this important bill by wearing a t-shirt.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email us at   Thank you to Senator Boyer for introducing this much important bill SB1318.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Rebekah Dyer
International Dyslexia Association
Arizona Branch

I am honored and privileged to be the president of the AZ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  As a board we will continue to strive forward in our efforts to increase awareness and education of what dyslexia is and how it impacts people. We plan to create a foundation for parents, teachers and schools with effective programs and strategies to support individuals with dyslexia.  I look forward to working with our outstanding board members in these efforts.

Branch Excellence Award for fundraising The AZ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association received the Branch Excellence Award for fundraising at the 2017 IDA conference today! Thank you to everyone who has supported us!

 Masquerade for Dyslexia 2017

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