Decoding Dyslexia Missouri advocates for further awareness at Capitol

8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago Wednesday, January 18 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST January 18, 2017 in News
By: Jared Koller, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Members of Decoding Dyslexia Missouri met at the State Capitol on Wednesday for the second annual Decoding Dyslexia-Hill Day.

The goal of Decoding Dyslexia Missouri is to raise awareness about dyslexia, a neurological brain disorder, and advocate for public school screenings and training. 

Jennifer Edwards, the Decoding Dyslexia co-founder, said one in five children across the United States has dyslexia, but schooling needs are not being met.

“It’s important to help legislatures understand that first of all there is a need,” Edwards said. “Right now there are no specific programs being used by public schools to teach them how to read.”

Edwards has a 6-year-old daughter diagnosed with dyslexia and started the organization after finding there were beneficial programs available.

“My frustration started when I realized there were really good programs that would teach her to read, but no one was using them,” Edwards said. “She could be identified easily in school with the simple screening that wasn’t being conducted.”

In the 2018-19 school year, public schools in Missouri will be required to screen all children for dyslexia.

This was enacted after Decoding Dyslexia Missouri partnered with representative Kathyrn Swann, who sponsored House Bill 2379 last year.

The new law started the Legislative Task Force for Dyslexia and will require at least two hours of professional development of teachers currently teaching about dyslexia.

A year later, Edwards and members of the organization returned to Jefferson City to let incoming legislators know of the important cause and what they can do to help.

“This year we’re trying to keep awareness up because a lot of future legislation will come from that legislative task force on dyslexia and their recommendations,” Edwards said. 

The organization faced a hurdle on Monday, when Governor Eric Greitens cut $44,000 worth of dyslexia funding.

Kelli Unnerstall, a Decoding Dyslexia Missouri member, testified in front of the appropriations committee on Wednesday in favor of dyslexia funding.

“The governor was probably in a really difficult situation, having to choose between lots of great programs to cut, but I think he probably didn’t realize why dyslexia training is so important,” Unnerstall said. “Teachers are not receiving the training they need in the college curriculum, virtually no training for the leading cause of reading failure. They don’t have the tools to be effective teachers, and that training would have helped them be better prepared to teach kids.”

Edwards said she hopes the words of parents across Missouri will help further awareness and future legislation for years to come.

“It’s possible that the below basic reading rate could fall from 38 percent to 6 percent, which is a really wonderful goal to have.”

More News

Grid
List
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the firefighter who was killed when the water transport truck he was driving... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:49:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - In a quiet building tucked behind brick facades and looming trees off Vandiver Drive, the 2018 midterm election... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she didn't object to a bill weakening federal authority to stop... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:12:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment has dropped slightly. Department of Economic Development data released Tuesday show the unemployment... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:08:32 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City’s transit system could see new changes soon. The city held a JEFFTRAN System-Wide Assessment... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:02:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Walter Rolley Jr. served in the United States Army for three years during World War II, and Tuesday,... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:53:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two men were arrested Tuesday morning and accused of possession of illegal drugs and firearms at 505 East... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:20:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia man accused of driving his car into Mizzou Arena over the summer was formally charged Tuesday.... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:09:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - New television or cleaning service? New shoes or lawn care? A new study suggests time-saving purchases make people... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Many staff members at MU say they aren't happy, especially on the issue of pay. According to... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:01:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The former city clerk in Walnut Grove was sentenced to a year and a day in federal... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:09:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
FULTON - Westminster College has announced Dr. Fletcher Lamkin will take over as president later this year. Lamkin previously... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council approved street repairs for South Lincoln Street after six months of residents dealing... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A local committee dedicated another African American Heritage Trail Marker on Tuesday. The Sharp End Heritage Committee... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- C-SPAN arrived in Jefferson City on Tuesday to meet with local and state politicians and middle school students... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:49:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal inmate with end-stage renal disease has been spared the death penalty for his fourth murder... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:27:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:19:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:09:00 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
3am 47°
4am 46°
5am 46°
6am 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
Early Today
3:30a
Early Today
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Blacklist
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld