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How to Support the Dyslexia and Reading
Handbook Legislation

  1. Find my legislators
  2. Learn why MD needs a Reading & Dyslexia Handbook
  3. Email your legislators
  4. Meet with your legislators
  5. Attend the Literacy for All Conference in Annapolis
  6. Share your support on social media 
Who Are My Legislators in Annapolis?
10 Reasons to Support the Reading and

Dyslexia Handbook Bills


Choose a few reasons why you support a Maryland Reading and Dyslexia Handbook and include those reasons in your emails, brief phone calls and during your meetings. Refer to the Handbook TALKING POINTS for additional information.

  1. In 2017, the Maryland Dyslexia Task Force recommended developing a Dyslexia Handbook “to provide schools and communities with consistent best practices for dyslexia and reading” (p. 52-53).  The Task Force found that school districts, community stakeholders and students would benefit.

  2. A Reading & Dyslexia Handbook was originally included in the 2019 screening & intervention legislation (Ready to Read Act, Ch. 512) as a cost-effective way to address reading difficulties and dyslexia with consistency across Maryland’s 25 school districts.  SB 575 & HB 718 include similar language and simply amend Ch. 512 to include this critical resource.

  3. Creates a stakeholder advisory group of educators & dyslexia community members to collaborate on a Reading & Dyslexia Handbook.
  4. Provides guidance for general & special educators, and families on best practices to identify & remediate students with dyslexia and reading difficulties.
  5. Develops a definitive, publicly available resource for educators and families on reading and writing assessment, instruction, intervention and accommodations for use in the classroom and at home.
  6. Designates a dyslexia point of contact within the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
  7. Enumerates evidence-based instruction, interventions, professional learning and assessment/screening tools.
  8. The Ready to Read Act of 2019 directs MSDE to consult with parents, teachers and other interested stakeholders on or before June 1, 2020 to develop and update resources for local school systems. The Handbook would be an excellent resource for districts as they implement screening and interventions in the 2020-2021 school year.
  9. 23 states (AR, CA, MO, NJ, OK, RI, TN, and TX) have handbooks or guidebooks to develop, sustain and promote best practices for literacy development and dyslexia remediation & to improve student outcomes in reading and writing. 
  10. Student outcomes improve when all stakeholders have access to best practices.

Bill Information
Email Your Legislators

Find your legislators. Copy and paste the sample email below into your personal email. Once you’ve done this you can edit and replace the yellow highlights with your personal information. 

Please CC:  Decoding Dyslexia MD

Chairman Paul Pinsky, Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, 

Chairman Anne Kaiser, House Ways & Means Committee, 

Sample Email 


Senator or Delegate First, Last NAME

Room number

Maryland General Assembly

Annapolis, MD  21401


Re: Support for the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook of 2020


Dear Senator or Delegate LAST NAME:


I am writing to ask that you support the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook legislation, SB 575 and HB 718, sponsored by Senator Katie Frye Hester and Delegate Eric Luedtke. 

The Maryland Dyslexia Task Force recommended that a Maryland Reading and Dyslexia Handbook be created in its 2017 Legislative Dyslexia Task Force Report to the Legislature (p. 52).  The Dyslexia Task Force met for two years (2015-2016) and found that Maryland’s 25 local school systems would benefit from guidance on the best practices for reading and dyslexia.
  • Choose and Insert a few Reasons Why You Support a Maryland Reading and Dyslexia Handbook. See Above. 

Thank you for your consideration.




Your Name



Please CC:  Decoding Dyslexia MD

Chairman Paul Pinsky, Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, 

Chairman Anne Kaiser, House Ways & Means Committee, 

How to Write Your Dyslexia Story
Meet With Your Legislators

Cut and paste to your email before editing. You can also combine the meeting request with your email supporting the Handbook bills (see above).  





Dear Senator or Delegate LAST NAME:

I am a member of Decoding Dyslexia Maryland and live in your district.  I would like to set up a meeting to talk with you about reading and dyslexia issues and the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook bills, SB 575 and HB 718, sponsored by Senator Katie Frye Hester and Delegate Eric Luedtke. 

INSERT TIME YOU CAN MEET.  Additionally, please join us on Feb. 20 between 2:30 and 4pm for the Decoding Dyslexia Maryland Cupcakes and Conversation Open House in Rooms 170 and 180 in the House Office Building.  We will be honoring former Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam at 3pm with the Friend of Dyslexia Recognition for her work on the Ready to Read Act and for students with dyslexia.

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland is asking for your support for the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook bills which will provide resources on best practices to address reading struggles and dyslexia.  Thank you for your time and consideration of my request and I look forward to hearing from you.


Your Name

Interactive Maps of the Legislative Complex in Annapolis
Tips on Scheduling Legislator Meetings
  • Check the Program Agenda for Feb. 20 Literacy for All Conference, Dyslexia Advocacy Day

  • Determine when you are available and request that time frame.

  • The schedule this year provides everyone the opportunity to learn about strong screening, instruction and intervention practices from the National Center on Improving Literacy.  It may be unavoidable to schedule meetings during a session, during lunch, or during the afternoon open house.

  • There is a possibility that the sessions will be Livestreamed and available after the event for viewing and learning.  

  • Please check with your local chapter to see if other meetings have been scheduled.  You might be able to join an existing meeting.  If you scheduled a meeting, share it with your local chapter.  Maybe a fellow Decoding Dyslexia constituent would like to join you.  

  • If you cannot schedule a meeting with your legislator, please send an email asking for their support and invite them to the open house between 2:30 and 4 pm. Feel free to include the graphic below or download it from the DDMD website.


DDMD Website for Current Bill and Event Information
Call Your Legislators

You  may also want to call your legislators and ask for a meeting. Use the sample script to help make your call.  

  • I am (name) and I live in your district in (town).  I am a parent/teacher of a student with dyslexia (or other reading difficulty).      
  • I will be in Annapolis on February 20th and would like to make an appointment for a meeting and to discuss the Reading and Dyslexia Handbook bills HB 718 and SB 575, sponsored by Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Katie Frye Hester.
  • I would also like to invite you to join Decoding Dyslexia Maryland’s Cupcakes and Conversation Open House from 2:30-4:00 pm in Rooms 170 and 180 in the House Office Building.
  • Once you have a date and time, get a contact name and number and provide your contact information.
  • Confirm the appointment with an email and link the bill and attach the bill summary in your email.  The priority is to sit down and meet with your elected officials and/or their staff. 
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