by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:47 PM CST, February 7, 2013
Kansas parents are pushing lawmakers to consider a bill that would help dyslexics and identify students struggling to read.
The move comes the same day a new literacy report finds Kansas communities are not among the nation's best.
Terry Sader, Butler Community College professor, knows the challenges dyslexic kids face. His own daughter, Caitlin, had a harder time learning to read than most kids.
"I just thought I was really dumb and stupid compared to everybody else," Caitlin said.
Her parents got her help, but not every parent has the means or awareness to get their kids special training.
"The struggles, the challenges that they experience because they can't decode the symbols of the language like other children can is simply understood or ignored," Terry said.
He is asking lawmakers to consider a bill that requires teachers to get special training. The measure helps educators identify kids with dyslexia and put them in a special program to overcome challenges.
Terry said the dyslexia is the primary cause of illiteracy, leading to poverty and other social problems.
Caitlin said she wants lawmakers to listen.
"You talk about all the time how you are trying to make a better future for the future generations," she said. "Well, prove that."
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