Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced last week that Terry Osborne of Neosho will be joining a twenty member task force comprised of four legislative members, the commissioner of education, 10 members appointed by the President Pro Tem and the others appointed by the Speaker of the House. The group is responsible for recommending a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of support systems for students with dyslexia.
"I'm very pleased Mrs. Osborne has agreed to join the task force. Her knowledge about dyslexia not only on personal level but on a professional level will be a great asset to the team," said Richard.
Osborne is a legal nurse consultant and case manager with experience in all aspects of nursing both in hospital and out of hospital. She not only has a bachelor degree in nursing, but her master's in business administration. Osborne has also helped train teachers in Neosho on the Davis Learning Strategies methods for students suffering from dyslexia. But, she said her real passion regarding the disorder comes from her own family's experience.
"A couple of my family members including my son have suffered from dyslexia. All of them participated in the Davis Dyslexia Correction program with great results. Getting help for children who have difficulty with dyslexia is something I am passionate about and would love to help in any way that I can," said Osborne.
Sen. Richard said Mrs. Osborne will fill the parental role of a child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Osborne spent much time and research understanding the disorder and finding support in the education system after her son was diagnosed. She also has two grandsons who suffer from dyslexia.
The task force is a result of Senate Bill 638 passed by the Legislature this session. Together they will advise the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on guidelines for appropriate screenings of students for dyslexia as well as necessary classroom support.
For more information on Sen. Richard or any of his legislation, please visit his Senate website at www.senate.mo.gov/richard.
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