Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
by Cheri Rae
Yes, our House of Representatives has its own bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus, and has for several years. I am proud to say that upon request, our previous Representative, the Honorable Lois Capps was a member, and now, the Honorable Salud Carbajal has agreed to join. Here is a recent press release with more information about the caucus:
Westerman, Brownley to Lead Dyslexia Caucus in 116th Congress
January 16, 2019
Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) announced that they will once again co-chair the bipartisan House Dyslexia Caucus in the 116th Congress.
“Though society’s understanding and awareness of dyslexia continue to grow, significant challenges remain. Many communities and schools still lack the tools necessary for dyslexia identification and intervention, which causes families to be ill-equipped when helping their loved ones who have dyslexia. Congress must pay attention to these issues and help alleviate the resulting burdens. I’m honored to serve alongside Congresswoman Brownley as co-chair of the Dyslexia Caucus, and I’m committed to ensuring that advocacy efforts continue in the 116th Congress and beyond,” Westerman said.
“I started my career in public service to help ensure that people with dyslexia, like my daughter, have the resources they need to succeed, and I am delighted to continue to serve as Dyslexia Caucus co-chair in the 116th Congress. By bringing together individuals with dyslexia, community advocates, scientists, educators, and policymakers, the Caucus can play an important role in ensuring that dyslexia is better understood and identified earlier, so that students are provided the necessary resources and accommodations to reach their full potential. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Westerman to ensure dyslexia receives the attention it deserves in Congress,” Brownley said.
The Dyslexia Caucus was founded as a bipartisan task force dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia, identify policies that will support individuals as they overcome dyslexia, and ensure equal educational and career opportunities for individuals with dyslexia.