ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 7

BE THE CHANGE Th is m on t h I h ad t h e oppor t u n it y t o join an in cr edible gr ou p of dyslexia r esear ch er s, edu cat or s, advocat es, an d leader s at t h e st ak eh older s m eet in g to develop dyslexia gu idelin es f or M assach u set t s sch ool dist r ict s. DESE h as par t n er ed w it h t h e Un iver sit y of M assach u set t s an d Pivot Lear n in g Gr ou p f r om Oak lan d, Calif or n ia t o sh eph er d t h e w or k . Th e gu idelin es em er ged f r om t h e M A dyslexia bill, w h ich f in ally passed in Oct ober 2018. It w as a lon g t im e com in g. Th e on ly st at es yet t o pass legislat ion ar e Haw aii, Idah o, M ich igan , Nor t h Dak ot a, Sou t h Dak ot a, Ver m on t , an d Wiscon sin . M assach u set t s w as lu ck y t o h ave a n u m ber of w ell-k n ow n scien t ist s su ch as Joh n Gabr ieli of M IT an d Nadin e Gaab of Bost on Ch ildr en's Hospit al at t h e t able. I w as excit ed t h at ou r w or k led u s t o t h is im por t an t in vit at ion to par t icipat e in w or k t h at m ay t ou ch t h e lives of 20% of M assach u set t s' you n g lear n er s! Th e f ir st m eet in g w as f illed w it h spir it ed discu ssion an d I h ope t h e w or k w ill m ak e a dif f er en ce. SARA STETSON