H.Res. 623 (113th): Sydney Crawford Resolution

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 12, 2014 (Introduced).

IV

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 623

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 12, 2014

(for herself, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Norton, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Himes, Ms. Shea-Porter, Ms. Brownley of California, Ms. Kuster, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Payne, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Stivers, and Ms. Kelly of Illinois) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the importance of dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities and promoting research, education, and awareness.

Whereas this resolution may be cited as the Sydney Crawford Resolution;

Whereas dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read;

Whereas a specific learning disability is a brain-based genetic characteristic that results in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, and often impacts overall school success;

Whereas dyslexia is a specific learning disability;

Whereas common characteristics among people with dyslexia include difficulty with phonological processing, spelling, and rapid visual-verbal responding;

Whereas an estimated 10 percent of individuals have some form of dyslexia;

Whereas dyslexia is more common in boys than in girls;

Whereas specific learning disabilities are highly prevalent yet 1 in 20 public school students are identified with them;

Whereas learning and attention issues often affect students who have a weakness in a specific skill area, but it is important to recognize that these students have strengths in higher-level cognitive functions, such as reasoning, critical thinking, concept formation, and problem-solving;

Whereas dyslexia can be inherited, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia;

Whereas treatment for dyslexia should include modifying teaching methods and the educational environment to meet the specific needs of the individual with dyslexia;

Whereas dyslexia affects a wide range of people and produces different symptoms at varying degrees of severity so predictions are hard to make;

Whereas the prognosis for individuals with dyslexia is generally good for individuals whose dyslexia is identified early, who have supportive family and friends and a strong self-image, and who are involved in a proper remediation program;

Whereas current research avenues focus on developing techniques to diagnose and treat dyslexia and other learning disabilities, increasing the understanding of the biological and possible genetic bases of learning disabilities, and exploring the relationship between neurophysiological processes and cognitive functions with regard to reading ability and learning;

Whereas great progress has been made in understanding learning and attention deficient issues at a scientific level, including their epidemiology, cognitive and neurobiological bases, and in the use of assistive technology to improve access to learning;

Whereas early identification of learning and attention issues is critical and must lead to focused, evidenced-based interventions, necessary accommodations, self-awareness, self-empowerment, and school and life success; and

Whereas enforcing existing Federal civil rights and education law on this matter will improve access to learning for all: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives

(1)

recognizes the importance of conducting research, education, and awareness on dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities;

(2)

recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed about and aware of dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities;

(3)

recognizes the importance of acknowledging the struggles and successes of those, like Sydney Crawford, who live with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities; and

(4)

commends the excellent work of organizations dedicated to dyslexia research to educate, support, and provide hope for people with dyslexia and their families.