Tincy Miller weighs in on updates to Dyslexia Handbook

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 23, 2010

Alexis DeLee at (512) 633-2620

Tincy Miller weighs in on updates to Dyslexia Handbook

(Dallas) – Today, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, State Board of Education member for District 12, participated on a dyslexia task force to update the state’s Dyslexia Handbook. The meeting, which took place at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, in Dallas, culminated with recommended changes to the Handbook that serves as a guide for teachers of dyslexic students. The proposed changes will be discussed and voted on at the September meeting of the State Board of Education (SBOE).

“While great strides have been made to identify and properly teach students with dyslexia, I want to ensure that we do everything possible to make their path through education successful,” Miller said. “These proposed changes bring us one step closer to a time when all of Texas’ dyslexic students have a chance at educational achievement.”

While a more thorough revision of the Dyslexia Handbook will be made after the 82nd Legislature, the recommendations made today were all based on changes to existing – or the creation of new – laws.  The proposed changes also incorporate new information related to recent scientific studies and best practices for diagnosing and teaching students with dyslexia.

The committee was composed of 14 members, including some of the state’s leading experts in the field of dyslexia and speech-language pathology.

Miller, who will not be returning to the SBOE after November, has been instrumental in making dyslexia a recognized disability in Texas. She has distinguished herself by promoting better curricula and programs for dyslexic children, by facilitating the passage of the first dyslexia legislation in the state, and by creating the Dyslexia Handbook as a guide for teachers of dyslexic students.

Miller was formerly a reading specialist in the Reading Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, where children with dyslexia could learn to read, write and spell. There she saw the difficulties dyslexic children faced because their disability was ignored by the public school system. This, along with her personal experience with a son who was identified at age 19 with dysgraphia, led her to get involved as an active member of the SBOE.