In Spring 1993, in an attempt to effectively address the chronic problem of dyslexia in Tennessee Schools, Diane J. Sawyer, holder of the MTSU Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies, proposed that the General Assembly provide financial support to establish the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. In June 1993, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to provide $230,000 to establish such a Center. The Center opened in October, 1993. The Murfree Chair of Excellence has oversight responsibility for the Center.
The Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia offers assessment for K-12 students and professional development workshops for K-12 teachers as well as awareness workshops for students in pre-service education programs at MTSU. Recently, video conferencing workshops and public access television presentations have been added to support the professional development efforts of Center staff.
For more information about the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia, please consult the web site www.mtsu.edu/dyslexia.