Please contact your legislators in support of the following disability-related bills – we’ve made it fast and easy!
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Literacy Instruction based on the Science of Reading (SOR):
Currently, there are 4 bills in the General Assembly regarding literacy instruction. These bills would: (1) require the use of SOR when teaching literacy to Virginia students (HB 319 & SB 616); (2) require that VA teacher training programs train their students in instruction according to the SOR and that all VA teacher certifications require SOR proficiency (HB 419), and (3) prohibit emergency funding from being spent on certain reading interventions that do not adhere to the SOR (HB 418). The Decoding Dyslexia VA website has a comprehensive legislative page with links to the text of the bills, talking points, instructions for supporting the bills and more: DDVA – Legislative Page
The Literacy Bills:
Literacy Bills regarding the use, teaching, and teacher-training using the SOR:
HB 319 & SB 616 (partner bills in the House and Senate, bi-partisan sponsorship!)
Sample email for Literacy Bills:
Subject Line: Support HB/SB XXX
I am writing to encourage you to support HB/SB XXXX. Literacy instruction is critically important and evidence shows that following the Science of Reading is the most effective way of teaching all students how to read.
Sample Phone Call for Literacy Bills:
Hello, My name is X, I live in Senator/Delegate XXXX’s district. I am calling in support of literacy bills XYZ and I would like to ask Senator/Delegate to support these bills by co-sponsoring them. Thank you.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC):
Currently, there is one bill in the VA General Assembly addressing the needs of students who use AAC (HB 1047). This bill would ensure that students using AAC cannot be denied access to regular classrooms and age-appropriate academic instruction due to their use of AAC, cannot have AAC access limited by IQ scores, and ensure that staff are trained on AAC use in a timely manner. The text of the bill can be found here: HB 1047
Sample Email in Support of AAC Bill:
Subject line: Support HB 1047
Students who need or use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) face many challenges of bias and lack of access in our education system. I am writing to encourage you to show your support for students with disabilities who use AAC by cosponsoring HB 1047.
Sample phone call in Support of AAC Bill:
Hello, My name is X, I live in Senator/Delegate XXXX’s district. I am calling in support of HB 1047 regarding access and eligibility for students with disabilities who use AAC devices. I would like to ask Senator/Delegate to support this bill by cosponsoring it. Thank you.