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Dyslexia bill one step from becoming law

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A new bill aimed at making it easier for students with dyslexia to learn is one step from becoming law

Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Senate approved a bill that would require the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to develop a guidebook on dyslexia for parents, teachers and administrators.

Dr. Tammy Tillotson, who works for an Eau Claire non-profit that helps kids with dyslexia, said the guidebook would bring awareness to early signs of dyslexia. She said it would also guide parents and teachers towards the next step to help students who might be dyslexic.

"For a long, long time the message has been read more to your child, read more to your child. You could read 24 hours a day until your blue in the face but that child still isn't going to learn to read efficiently and effectively because they're just being read to," Tillotson said. "They're being exposed to the language but they're not being taught how to read."

The measure has already passed in the Wisconsin State Assembly, meaning it just needs Governor Tony Evers' signature to become a law.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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