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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

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Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
September 13, 2013 - Education Week
At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Siblings of students with disabilities are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without such brothers or sisters, a new study says.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
A network of schools helps students with emotional and behavioral issues build "soft skills" through job placement.
July 2, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers are finding that everyone benefits in preschool classes where children with autism spectrum disorders and their typically developing classmates are taught to work and play together.
June 24, 2013 - Education Week
The profession's standard reference guide, DSM-5, changes definitions for some disabilities commonly seen in schools.
June 3, 2013 - Education Week
Chicago's closing battles echo those in a growing number of urban districts where financial pressures are colliding with the needs of poor and minority communities.
May 30, 2013 | Updated: April 30, 2016 - Education Week
Two groups of states are crafting unique assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
May 21, 2013 | Updated: April 30, 2016 - Education Week

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