The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Petition to Grant Accommodations to Dyslexic Students

We're asking that Congress require that testing agencies grant accommodations for dyslexic students so that high stakes tests assess ability and not disability, and students are allowed to go forward and succeed in life. High stakes tests must be reliable, valid and accessible to dyslexic children and adults. Without accommodations, highly capable, intelligent students are being denied the opportunity to show what they can achieve and contribute to society.

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PETITION LETTER

Legalize Dyslexia: Grant Accommodations to Dyslexic Students.

WE, the undersigned urge Legislative Action to "Legalize Dyslexia."

We're asking that Congress require that testing agencies grant accommodations for dyslexic students so that high stakes tests assess ability and not disability, and students are allowed to go forward and succeed in life. High stakes tests must be reliable, valid and accessible to dyslexic children and adults. Without accommodations, highly capable, intelligent students are being denied the opportunity to show what they can achieve and contribute to society.

We support a much-needed Bill of Rights for Dyslexic Children and Adults, that affirms the following:

  • Accommodations required so that high stakes tests assess ability and not disability
  • High stakes tests must be reliable, valid and accessible to dyslexic children and adults
  • Dyslexia is real: schools must accept the diagnosis of dyslexia
  • Dyslexia is a Clinical Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis/Identification reflects that it is an unexpected difficulty
  • Instruction is evidence-based (proven to be effective)
  • Dyslexia is persistent, no need to retest after high school

Sincerely,

[Your name]