Ptahra Jeppe

Good news for NY State


The “Dyslexia Bill” (A8262/S06581) was passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on August. 21, 2017.


This "Dyslexia Bill" was a bipartisan bill and with the leadership of Assembly member Simon, Senator Golden, and support by a broad coalition of advocates, students, parents, educators, academics, neuropsychologists, individuals with dyslexia and other legislators, this bill was passed.

The bill amends state education law to address how New York schools assist students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. The new law directs the state Commissioner of Education to issue a guidance memorandum to school districts and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) informing them of the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. It also instructs the state Department of Education to develop a guidance memorandum for schools consistent with federal requirements and informs schools that they now may include the names of specific learning disorders—such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia—in students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) and not just use the broad category of “learning disablity."

When children’s learning disabilities are clearly defined and educational interventions are tailored to their needs, their literacy levels can improve which leads to better student outcomes and overall success.

Friend of Texthelp, Ptahra Jeppe, an advocate and dyslexic herself, describes the bill as “a small step that might make a big difference.” She said “I was literally in tears because now in New York State we are one step closer to all students getting the opportunity they need to be successful.”

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