Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor Hosts Dyslexia Forum

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) today joined educators, local officials and parents at a public forum about dyslexia, and discussed its effect on our children and ways for parents to get the best available help. In order to better understand dyslexia, as well as the programs and services offered in our area, representatives from the Special Education & Student Services at Wappingers Central School District and representatives from the Wilson Reading School were on hand to give presentations and answer any questions parents had.

Assemblyman Lalor decided to organize this forum after being approached by a constituent, Kathleen Dailey, whose daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade. Kathleen and Assemblyman Lalor both agreed some kind of informational forum was a necessity for parents.

“As a father of four young kids, I must admit, I wasn’t even aware of some of the services offered for dyslexic children in our area. Today’s forum was very informative for me, and I know I’ll be taking a lot of the information home to my family,” said Lalor. “Community programs and services like these are critical to the well-being of our children, and I’m ecstatic we were able to make folks aware of them.”

“My daughter had been diagnosed with dyslexia in the middle of second grade, and it was a struggle to actually get her the necessary research-based interventions that she needed,” said Kathleen Dailey. “Assemblyman Lalor was very receptive and seems very dedicated to improving our educational system in New York State. I hope that this will begin a dialogue locally and in the state about early identification and intervention for dyslexics.”

“Scientific research into the dyslexic brain and technological advances give us all an opportunity we've never seen before,” said Kevin Pendergast, Headmaster at the Kildonan School. “The legal protections created for LD students and their parents also help us all do what's best for dyslexic youth. Since parents, school districts, private schools, and political leaders all share the best interests of these youth as a high priority, let's discuss how to get there."

“Wilson Language Training was pleased to participate in the Dyslexia Forum for parents. We know that students with dyslexia can become fluent, independent readers with appropriate instruction,” said Barbara Wilson, co-founder, President, and CEO of Wilson Language Training. “When parents, teachers, and administrators work together, the needs of all students can be met.”

“The Wappingers Central School District was thrilled to provide a venue to local professionals and parents for this important event,” said Joseph Simoni, Director of Special Education and Student Services at Wappingers Central School District. “Hosting this informative evening will expand the knowledge of learning disabilities in our community."