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"Fight Poverty through literacy: Reading is a basic human right and we support Kansas SB 75."

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We are a KU BSW Social Welfare Students who are organizing a grassroots campaign to raise awareness of the need for reading interventions for individuals with Dyslexia and support for Kansas SB 75. The Bill will make it possible to provide screenings for reading disabilities from Pre-K to 2nd grade, and it will require schools to teach using Research-Based interventions, not to exclude Dyslexia. Currently the students labeled Reading Disabilities are not typically getting the intervention known to effectively address Dyslexia, which is a multi-sensory phonemic awareness approach. The tragic consequence of this results in high numbers of: 1. Illiterate graduates (if they don't drop out beforehand), 2. An increasing numbers of juvenile delinquency and in our adult prison population, 3. A greater strain on the social service system, 4. These individuals typically suffer a lifetime of under-employment and poverty. We support SB 75 because this would be the first step to turn these social problems around and benefit everyone in Kansas.

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