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Heather Fleming, co-founder of WyLit

Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties across languages. Dyslexia is estimated to impact between 17% and 20% of the population and about 80% of children identified with Specific Learning Disabilities in reading.

In the most simple terms, people with dyslexia have difficulty connecting letters to their sounds, resulting in a host of reading and writing problems. These difficulties are typically unexpected relative to intelligence and other cognitive abilities.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a planned series of semimonthly columns from the co-founders of WY Lit, a new nonprofit advocacy organization created after they were instrumental in the passage of Wyoming House Bill 297, related to K-3 reading screening and intervention. They have been contracted by the Wyoming Department of Education on several literacy projects, and the intent of these columns is to educate the general public about literacy issues.

Heather Fleming is co-founder of the nonprofit WY Lit. She is a certified structured literacy teacher and will complete her master’s degree in Reading Science at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2020. She provides a variety of training for educators and parents of struggling readers. Email: heather@wylit.org.

Kari Roden is co-founder WY Lit. She is currently an intensive reading interventionist in Laramie County School District 1. Her expertise is in dyslexia and individualized, data-driven instruction for struggling readers. Email: kari@wylit.org.

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