Committee examines the science of dyslexia

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Dr. Sally Shaywitz and Dr. Bennett Shaywitz

Yale experts on dyslexia took part in a hearing on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. to examine the latest scientific research on the condition, which affects one out of every five people in the United States. The hearing was sponsored by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC), represented YCDC in presenting the scientific findings from research conducted by herself; Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development; and their colleagues. 

Bennett and Sally Shaywitz and other experts discussed the cutting-edge scientific knowledge of dyslexia, future research directions, and treatments that help people with dyslexia overcome the challenges they face.

Other witnesses invited to testify included Representatives Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus; Stacy Antie, parent and advocate of a child with dyslexia from Louisiana Key Academy; Max Brooks, author and screenwriterwho has dyslexia; Peter Eden,president of Landmark College; and Guinevere Eden, director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University.

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