Support gathering for bill aimed at helping dyslexic students

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One Nebraska Senator is taking steps to better the lives of dyslexic students after she saw first hand the affects of the learning disability.

Senator Patty Pansing Brooks grew up with a brother who has dyslexia and says he was told he would never graduate high school, not because he wasn't smart but because his learning disability made it difficult to read and write.

That's why the senator is taking steps now to help students with dyslexia get the help they need in the classroom by introducing a bill that would add a definition of dyslexia into state statute.

Several dyslexia experts spoke at a meeting held in Lincoln to gather support for this bill, along with teachers who work with kids who have the learning disability and dyslexic students themselves.

One little girl didn't mind opening up about the struggles she faces because of her dyslexia.

"At seven years old I was trying my best to read, write and spell. I missed words when reading and writing caused me great trouble. My younger sister was surpassing me in those areas," said dyslexic student Juliana Sidak.

Juliana went on to say how she is now doing better in class after getting the one-on-one training she needs.

She worked about five hours with her teacher and mother breaking down words into syllables and doing what she calls "finger spelling."

While that one-on-one learning went a long way for Juliana, that's exactly what Senator Pansing Brooks hopes for all dyslexic students in the state. She truly feels Legislative Bill 645 will help pave the way for that.