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Wisconsin advocates push dyslexia awareness after new Missouri law

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Advocates in Wisconsin are pushing for dyslexia awareness in schools.

This comes after a new Missouri law requiring dyslexia screenings for students and training for teachers.

“Most of the states are developing laws around dyslexia but unfortunately, Wisconsin is behind,” International Dyslexia Association Wisconsin branch representative Tammy Tillotson said.

The Gem Learning Center in Wausau specializes in helping people with dyslexia learn in a way that works for them. Owner Anne Mataczynski said Wisconsin is lacking any laws dealing with dyslexia.

“They don't even use, screen or test for dyslexia in the state of Wisconsin,” Mataczynski said. “They don't like to say the word.

Shana Halverson, a teacher and mom, said her son was recently diagnosed with dyslexia.

“My son is so intelligent and so smart,” Halverson said. “You wouldn't think he has a learning disability.”

Halverson said as a teacher, she was never trained on how to identify the learning disorder.

“The teachers, if they don't know what it is, what to do about it, how are they supported to help?” Mataczynski asked.

Tillotson said she hopes to see a change in Wisconsin's law soon.

“We've been working with several legislators to try to write legislation to put awareness... screening... that can better identify dyslexia in Wisconsin,” Tillotson said.

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