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Federal laws and funding

Several laws, including some that were recently enacted, protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities and guarantee supports and services that can help improve outcomes for the 1 in 5. But these laws have never been adequately funded. In 2016, the federal government covered 16% of the extra cost of special education—far below the 40% that Congress promised to fund—leaving states to grapple with this multibillion-dollar shortfall.


Dr. Travis Harker, a family physician in New Hampshire, describes in this video how his daughter’s dyslexia changed how he interacts with his patients.

SPOTLIGHT is a free nonprofit resource that helps inform and empower parents of the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues.