Texas Center for Learning Disabilities has helped drive changes in how we identify and treat learning disabilities


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Texas Center for Learning Disabilities has helped drive changes in how we identify and treat learning disabilities.

The Texas Center for Learning Disabilities, led by the University of Houston, has played a role in all of those findings. Now it is leading research to help older children, develop new methods of intervention and identify the genetic and environmental bases of learning disabilities.

The center, created in 2007 with a $7 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and renewed in 2012 with a $9 million grant, focuses on reading disabilities, a field in which Jack Fletcher, principal investigator for the center, has worked since he was a graduate student 30 years ago. It is part of the Texas Institute of Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics (TIMES), which is directed by David Francis, a co-investigator of the center grant.