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    12   DYSLEXIA

Mr Christensen, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)    recognises:

(a)    dyslexia as a learning disability which, according to the World Federation of Neurology, is ‘manifested by difficulty in learning to read despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and socio-cultural opportunity’;

(b)   the Irlen Syndrome, also known as, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome as a specific type of visual perceptual dyslexia; and

(c)    that school students with dyslexia learn differently to their fellow students;

(2)    supports the concept of compulsory teacher training to ensure educators have:

(a)    an awareness of dyslexia and the impact dyslexia has on students;

(b)   the ability to recognise the symptoms of dyslexia; and

(c)    the ability to utilise a range of multi-sensory learning methods to engage with students with dyslexia;

(3)    supports the:

(a)    concept of compulsory training of pre-service teachers in dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome as well as training in multi-sensory teaching methods for children who learn differently; and

(b)   ability of teachers to be able to inform parents directly about concerns they have of their children exhibiting symptoms of dyslexia or Irlen Syndrome;

(4)    requests the Government make changes to National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) to allow school students with dyslexia or Irlen Syndrome to have their NAPLAN test read to them;

(5)    supports the concept of modified homework for school students with dyslexia to reflect their particular learning difficulties; and

(6)    recognises that dyslexia would be a significant barrier to learning a second language and supports the ability of school students to opt out of Languages other than English classes.


Mr Christensen, by leave, presented the following document:

Extract of a letter.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.