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Call to Action Texas Legislative Session 2021 NEEDS YOUR VOICE 

Did you know that Texas policy to evaluate for Dyslexia under 504 removes families from substantial rights, federal funds and safeguards available to all students with disabilities under IDEA Child Find process? You can help change that! 

Teamwork

1.

TAKE ACTION

Sign to support Texas Dyslexia Bills

I Support #VoteYes4Dyslexia bills 

Sign this petition to ask State and Federal legislators to Mandate Texas Changes its practices ASAP!

I want Texas to Stop Denying me my Rights under IDEA!

Help us by sharing your answers to this short survey! It will make a huge difference as we advocate. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TXDysServices

2.

STAY INFORMED

TWO DYSLEXIA BILLS ARE NOW BEING CONSIDERED IN TEXAS TO HELP CHANGE PROBLEMS - BELOW IS AN INFOGRAPHIC THAT HELPS EXPLAIN.

READ THE KITCHEN TABLE MOMS REPORT AND THE LETTER TO OSEP 

3.

SHARE YOUR STORY!

CALL AND WRITE TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER AND SHARE YOUR DYSLEXIA STORY TO SUPPORT THESE CHANGES  - FIND WHO REPRESENTS YOU

Sample Text - Sharing your story with Decision makers

Dear Representative__________

I support HB 3870 / SB 1694 AND HB 3880 / SB 1693. Our family wants a simpler pathway to access an IEP for my student with Dyslexia. With talk of Full Funding of IDEA, I want to make sure that my family and our school has access to extra federally provided funds to benefit my students success. My family wants meaningful rights under IDEA.

Texas over reliance on 504 evaluations is effectively removing my legal rights to work as part of the school team that makes educational decisions about my student, interfering with my family being able to work more closely with our school to collaborate in a meaningful way had we been evaluated under IDEA law.  504 first policy in Texas for Dyslexia also separates us from additional federal funds available to offset costs and IDEA funds are expected to greatly increase. These extra funds coming from the federal level supplement The Texas Dyslexia Allotment passed last year - which alone is not enough to provide specialized reading instruction or ensure my students needs are being met. 

 

State policy must change to be clear, 

  1. The evaluation process for students with dyslexia must start under IDEA Child Find.

  2. IEP's must include goals and objectives for Dyslexia interventions.

  3. Parents rights to participate in Initial ARD team decision must be restored.  

Here is my families story: (Highlight any struggles, accomplishments, and how much private tutoring costs.________ )

 

Your name

Your Address

Your Phone_________________

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