|Capitol dome in St. Paul.
By Mulad (Own work) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
While I’ve yet to get to the point of actually heading to the state capitol for political events, I do regularly write letters, make phone calls, inform myself about issues/candidates and vote in elections. I do what I can to spread the word and take action when topics important to me are up for discussion that’s important to me, like Net Neutrality, women’s rights and disability issues – especially when they’re dyslexia related.
Of those three issues, the one that infuriates me the most is dyslexia related legislation. Today, I came across this article in one of our local papers about how the local Decoding Dyslexia chapter headed to the local Legislation to bring the issue of just how poorly dyslexia is addressed in our state schools to attention.
For some reason, education related issues in general, and dyslexia issues in particular, don’t seem to be very important to the people in charge. It’s frustrating beyond belief.
The last few times I wrote to my local representatives about dyslexia, how profoundly it’s effected me personally, how vital it is to teach these kids in ways they can learn well and how it effects the world at large, the most I’ve gotten was a form letter prattling on about how important educational issues are to them, and blah, blah, blah. I know phone calls do have more of an impact, though I don’t know how much. I guess that means I need to actually get out, attend whatever rallies there are and do a better job of keeping up with ways to voice my opinions in person.
Even though I don’t have kids, I do have a vested interest in the generation still in school. I’ll never forget what I went through as a dyslexic during my primary education, and if I can help prevent someone else from going through the same thing, I will. More importantly, I know that my generation is responsible for raising our future leaders, innovators and care-givers.
Just because I’m not yet a mother doesn’t mean I don’t have an obligation to make this world a better place for future generations.