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.
Dyslexia Awareness Events:
Light it Up Red on Thursday October 15th, 2020. Wear Red for Dyslexia Awareness
1 in 5 people may have indicators of Dyslexia. On October 15th, you may see educators wearing red shirts to bring attention to the 1 in 5 statistic.
Exploring Dyslexia with Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Schools would like to invite you to learn more about students with dyslexia. We will dispel Myths, talk about early signs, and how you can best support your student. Join us for a 1-hour live webinar.
October 15th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on Zoom.
International Dyslexia Association Florida’s FREE Webinar Series
Dyslexia: Lighting the Path to Literacy
The IDA-Florida Board Members have organized a FREE webinar series on selected Saturdays in September and October. The theme is “Dyslexia: Lighting the Path to Literacy.” Throughout the series, we hope to shine some light on issues that are important for all to clearly see.
Videos about Dyslexia
What is Dyslexia?
10 Myths about Dyslexia
International Dyslexia Association
Decoding Dyslexia Florida
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Additional Resources for Understanding Dyslexia
IDEAS for Celebrating Dyslexia Awareness at Schools:Thank you to Shore Acres Elementary School PTA Community for sharing!
- Take a Closer Look at Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
- Specific Learning Disabilities
- Learning about Dyslexia
- Dyslexia Fast Facts 2016