On June 22, 2011 Ohio House Bill 157 was unanimously approved by the Ohio State House of Representatives. The bill, authored by Certified Academic Language Therapist Rebecca Tolson with the support of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, is an advocacy measure for children with dyslexia. According to testimony given at the House’s April 13 meeting, the bill will “assist with the early detection and intervention of students with dyslexia.” It will accomplish this by giving Ohio’s Educational Service Centers permissive authority to engage or contract the services of dyslexia specialists to provide training for K-4 teachers (the years in which early intervention is most effective) on the warning signs of dyslexia and the most effective types of instruction for children with the disability. If an Educational Service Center opts not to offer these services, the bill will give schools permissive authority to contract a specialist who can provide collaborative teacher training sessions. Importantly, the bill defines dyslexia as a neurobiological disability, and lists the criteria that qualify a dyslexia specialist to offer early intervention services. Although the bill does not compel outright any of the state’s schools or Educational Service Centers to follow its guidelines, it is being hailed by many as a step in the right direction.