The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Policy: News & Issues

  • NEWSFLASH! The ADA Amendment Act of 2008 was passed by both the House and Senate, with the Senate passing it unanimously on September 11, 2008. The amendment brings us one step closer to ensuring that individuals with dyslexia are covered by the ADA. Read More...

  • Legal beat: Aspiring lawyer with dyslexia gets test access
    McMorris, Frances A., Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition).
    New York, N.Y.: Jul 18, 1997. pg. B.1

    Marilyn Bartlett, a 49-year-old college professor who suffers from dyslexia and a tendency to write backwards, recently won an important legal victory for people with learning disabilities. A federal judge in New York ordered the New York State Board of Law Examiners to give her twice the normal amount of time to take the bar exam and other special accommodations she sought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • New York Plumbing Board Agrees to Test Accommodations
    U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
    ENFORCING THE ADA: Looking Back on a Decade of Progress. A Special Tenth Anniversary Status Report from the Department of Justice, July 2000

    The Rockland County Board of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Examiners entered an agreement to resolve a complaint alleging that the Board violated Title II by denying a plumber with dyslexia a reader or oral test as an accommodation on the written portion of the county's master plumber licensing exam. The individual had been a plumber for 42 years, owned his own business until the county passed its licensing law in the late 1960's, and received numerous recommendations from former employers attesting to his quality work performance and experience as a plumber and heating mechanic. Despite his qualifications, the Board had denied his requests for the testing accommodation for the past 23 years. Under the agreement, the Board was required to provide the plumber with a reader or an oral test during the written portion of the next licensing examination. The Board was also required to adopt a nondiscrimination policy on the basis of disability which was subject to Department of Justice approval. The settlement followed the issuance of a letter of findings holding that the Board had violated Title II.

  • Push to Ease Testing of Disabled Pupils
    Published: April 5, 2007

    The Department of Education wants to relax testing rules so children with disabilities like dyslexia can take easier exams than required under the No Child Left Behind Act. The change, if approved by Congress, could triple the number of students taking simplified tests, the department said. About 1 percent of all pupils now take them.

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