As Governor of California, Gavin Newsom raised the profile of dyslexia, a neurological disorder that affects up to 20% of the population, but he has done very little policy to impact the lives of dyslexic students in this state. I say this as the mother of a 9 year old with dyslexia, who like Governor Newsom struggled tremendously in school but was supported by her love of sport (football in my son’s case , baseball for the governor).
Governor Newsom published a children’s book this week and aims to highlight his struggles in the classroom and his successes on the baseball field. I am, of course, happy to see dyslexia normalized and openly discussed, which will reduce the stigma and sense of isolation my son and other children feel. But what’s frustrating is the lack of concrete action he and other state leaders have taken to help them.