(In most situationswhen I sent out a question to a organization or person I like to give them 7 to 14 working days to respond. I found this highly impossible in this situation since there is no way to directly e-mail this congressman. If you go to their website they request that you put in a zip code and will not allow you to e-mail him if your zip code is not an industry. So I gather — say there are no legitimate questions or concerns outside)
Let me start this letter by introducing myself, my name is Leon Lewis Jr, at the current time I have a blog in the Facebook group called Dyslexic in America. I have several questions? I would appreciate if you could take the time to respond to them, so I can ensure accuracy in the information I give to the 4000 or so followers of My Blog I will start by listing certain basic facts about this wonderful gift called dyslexia to ensure there is a total understanding. Of the type of information we are looking for from you.
• Blog: http://www.dyslexicinamerica.com/2009/07/being-dyslexic-in-america.html
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=app_2373072738&ref=mf&gid=139975459302#!/?page=4&sk=sent&tid=1113613614749
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/DyslexicinAmeri/
• Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
• Of people with poor reading skills, 70-80% is likely dyslexic.
• One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is probably the most common of the language based learning disabilities.
• Nearly the same percentage of males and females has dyslexia.
• Nearly the same percentage of people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds has dyslexia
• Percentages of children at risk for reading failure are much higher in high poverty, language-minority populations who attend ineffective schools.
• The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)* found that approximately 38% of fourth grade students have “below basic” reading skills. These students are below the 40th percentile (performing below the other 60% of their peers) and are at greater than 50% chance of failing the high-stakes, year-end school achievement tests.
• Less than 1/3 of the children with reading disabilities are receiving school services for their reading disability.
1. Are you or anybody that you know Blessed with the wonderful gift of dyslexia?
a. If so how has it affected your life or the individual that you know?
b. What kind of special assistance did you or the individual receive going to school.
c. if you are the individual went to school without special assistance how did it effect your life
2. Your overall outlook on the world.
a. What age were you or this individual diagnosed with this wonderful gift of dyslexia.
3. In your home district what kind of support services are provided for students with dyslexia
a. At the elementary school level — please provide contact information
b. at the middle school level — please provide contact information
c. the high school level — please provide contact information
4. If you have a contact person in your office who is dedicated in fighting all discrimination such as to dyslexic students. please list their contact information.
a. If you do not have any one in your office can you provide the contact information to local governments or other organizations inside your districts.
5. This last question will be an general overview on your opinion and feelings about the wonderful gift of dyslexia in the support services that we as civilized human beings give to these highly gifted individuals.
Once again let me how you think you for taking the time to respond to these questions