Dyslexia Awareness Month
October is Dyslexia Awareness MonthSenate Resolution 275 established October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
What is Dyslexia?
“Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages of a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its most severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.”
Source: The International Dyslexia Association “Dyslexia Basics Fact Sheet” 08/07.October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.
The aim of this recognition is to promote understanding of the unique characterisits of individuals that have Dyslexia.
The International Dyslexia Association identifies Dyslexia as:
Difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
People with Dyslexia are known to have average to above average intelligence. Some of the most noteable people with Dyslexia are Albert Einstein, Whoopie Goldberg, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DaVinci, and Thomas Edison.
As a district, we have gathered a team of professionals to study best practices in the education of students with Dyslexia and to commit to providing them with the unique strategies necessary to promote school and lifelong success.
Resources for Understanding Dyslexia
- Take a Closer Look at Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
- Specific Learning Disabilities
- Learning about Dyslexia
- Dyslexia Fast Facts 2016