IRRC Staff chat at the Capitol Building in Des Moines during the 2023 Hawkeye Caucus

Elected officials, legislative aides, school board members and other policymakers can do a lot to help children with dyslexia and their families through their policy decisions.

As an individual in a position to implement change, you have the opportunity to stand up and represent those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities who often do not have a public voice. Your policy decisions have a direct impact on the teaching and services provided to those with dyslexia.

Here are a few things legislators and policymakers can do to be an advocate for those with dyslexia:

  • Designate time to listen to the experiences and suggestions of those with dyslexia and their families.
  • Attend events organized by advocacy groups when the legislature is in session and at other times throughout the year.
  • Be mindful of opportunities to partner with advocacy groups and members of the dyslexia community on initiatives at the state, regional, and district levels.
  • Do your own research and stay up to date on the newest and best ways to provide support to those with dyslexia.