But they are the exceptions. There are a far larger number of individuals who have the potential to contribute to society, but through lack of diagnosis, early intervention or needed accommodations, find their lives — and our nation — unnecessarily and unfairly diminished. We must take action, not only to ensure that we do not lose future Cosgroves and Greiders, but to ensure we do not lose the potential of even one dyslexic child.
As a start, we formed the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Just last week, we had our first event in the halls of Congress. We welcomed the overwhelming response to our screening of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” with more than 150 attendees.
Just as we are able to come together on behalf of the children we love and the nation we serve, the country must come together to ensure that every dyslexic child and adult has a chance to read, to learn, and to demonstrate and realize his or her full potential.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.