Dyslexia defined in education law

Lawmakers gave final approval May 4 to a bill that provides a legal definition for dyslexia, which causes difficulty in acquiring and processing language.

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks

Dyslexia had been included as a specific learning disability in state law but was not defined. LB645, introduced by Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, defines dyslexia, in part, as a learning disability with a neurobiological origin that is characterized by difficulty with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

Senators voted 46-0 to pass the bill.

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