Obama signs READ Act to research dyslexia

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Friday, February 19, 2016
In this May 25, 2011 photo, Jennifer Rodriguez, 7, picks out a book to read after school at the Cesar Chavez Library in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
In this May 25, 2011 photo, Jennifer Rodriguez, 7, picks out a book to read after school at the Cesar Chavez Library in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thursday President Barack Obama signed the The Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act, or READ Act. It provides millions of dollars for research into the learning disorder dyslexia.

As many as 8.5 million American school children may have dyslexia. It's something that even affects California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

WATCH FULL VIDEO: Lt. Gov. talks to ABC7 about challenges with dyslexia

Join ABC7's Cheryl Jennings this Sunday for our half-hour special on dyslexia and the lessons we can all learn. Watch this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings.

RELATED: The Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act

RELATED: Dyslexia resources (PDF)

Click here to watch Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom's entire interview on dyslexia.