The Washington Times
By KOURTNEY LIEPELT
Associated Press 4/12/14
The law defines dyslexia as “a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this law is passed while some suggest dyslexia does not exist and the APA is dropping this term from its official diagnostic manual DSM-V. And ironically, a key sponsor appears to consider dyslexia as an educational vs. medical disorder. Thus Heidi Kroner, a founder of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa, said the term carries a stigma, and it’s often wrongly thought of as a medical diagnosis rather than the learning problem that it is. Despite universal confusion as to understanding, diagnosis and just about all else concerning dyslexia, Levinson believes this legislation is a huge educational step forward. His research and books offer a medical solution enabling educators and legislators a chance to better help all with this disorder.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com