Statement by NCLD’s James H. Wendorf on the Consideration of Senator Cassidy’s Amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

“Every day, more than 2.5 million children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities walk into schools across the nation, with dreams of earning good grades, making friends and having teachers who understand how they learn.

Today, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) helped push these dreams closer to a reality.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) commends the leadership of Senator Cassidy and the voices of thousands of parents in the dyslexia and learning disabilities community who led the effort to bring attention to issues confronting millions of families. Though Senator Cassidy’s amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 was not adopted, it served as a pivotal moment in this conversation. Senator Cassidy’s amendment would have allowed states and school districts to use federal funding to train educators to better understand, identify and address the early indicators of learning disabilities, including dyslexia.

Unfortunately, the early signs of learning disabilities are frequently overlooked. Students can go for years without receiving interventions. By that time, they are often behind their peers, struggling to catch up. By training general educators to address these needs early and provide the right support, we can minimize challenges later on for millions of kids.

NCLD and our national network of hundreds of thousands of parents will continue to stand alongside Senator Cassidy in his advocacy for our children. We believe this change can have an enormous impact: For every teacher trained, countless students will benefit.”

James H. Wendorf
Executive Director Emeritus