New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) strongly urges Governor Cuomo to sign A.8262 / S.6581 into law.August 16, 2017
A.8262/S.6581, which was passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature and is consistent with federal special education law, would direct the commissioner of education to issue a guidance memorandum to school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), to a) inform them of the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and b) inform them that they may include the names of specific learning disorders, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia, in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
A.8262 / S.6581 will lead to improved understanding of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia because it will provide accurate guidance to school districts and assist schools in targeting language-based interventions, helping more children learn to read and become successful students. For far too long, there has been inadequate attention paid to dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. When children’s learning needs are properly identified, educators will be in a better position to teach them.
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