At the DC Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two pieces of legislation intended to improve the detection and treatment of young students with dyslexia, and explore the possibility of constructing a new recreation center in Upper Northwest Washington, DC.
The Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2017 would establish a dyslexia screening and intervention pilot program for early elementary students. It would require the State Superintendent of Education to develop, adopt, and provide for the implementation of the pilot program, and require universal screening of students in prekindergarten through third grade for characteristics of dyslexia, reading disabilities and related disorders. “Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population struggles with a learning disability, of which dyslexia is the most common,” said Councilmember Todd. “Without detection, dyslexia and reading disabilities can affect the educational future of our students. That is why I am proposing the creation of a targeted pilot program to identify students with dyslexia at an early age and direct individualized therapy to ensure that they can succeed academically and professionally.” This legislation was co-introduced by Councilmembers Bonds, Nadeau, Trayon White, McDuffie, Robert White, and Evans.
The Upper Northwest Recreation Center Feasibility Study Act of 2017, re-introduced from last Council Period, would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of placing a recreation center in the upper Northwest quadrant of Ward 4, in an area north of the future Walter Reed development site, and along Georgia Avenue. “This will not only help to serve the residents who currently live in those neighborhoods, but would also help to accommodate new residents that are anticipated with the development of Walter Reed and the other areas along upper Georgia Avenue,” said Councilmember Todd. “Residents in Upper Northwest Washington deserve the same quality of recreation opportunities as the rest of the District, and I will keep working to make a new recreation center there a reality.” This legislation was co-introduced by Councilmember Silverman.