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PRINTER'S NO. 1349
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
228
Session of
2015
INTRODUCED BY WILEY, TEPLITZ, TOMLINSON, SABATINA, EICHELBERGER,
BREWSTER, DINNIMAN, FONTANA, GREENLEAF AND BAKER,
OCTOBER 21, 2015
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, OCTOBER 21, 2015
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of October 2015 as "Dyslexia Awareness
Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Developmental Reading Disorder (DRD), or dyslexia,
is a language-based learning disability that occurs when there
is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language;
and
WHEREAS, DRD's symptoms include slow or inaccurate reading,
poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words; and
WHEREAS, Problems experienced by individuals with dyslexia
may include:
(1) confusing letters or having difficulty learning the
sounds that go with letters;
(2) having trouble learning how to speak or how to
recognize words or determining the meaning of a simple
sentence; or
(3) having trouble processing the sounds of language,
such as rhyming;
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and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia can include disorganization of written and
spoken language or struggles in comprehending and concentrating
on longer reading assignments; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia may also include difficulty in correctly
performing math operations, memorizing number facts or learning
a foreign language; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia is a specific information processing
problem that does not interfere with one's ability to think or
understand complex ideas; and
WHEREAS, Contrary to some beliefs, dyslexia is not caused by
either a lack of desire to learn or substandard intelligence, as
people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels have dyslexia,
with the majority of individuals being of normal intelligence
and many being above average in intelligence; and
WHEREAS, Students with dyslexia are likely to struggle with
many aspects of academic learning, are at a higher risk of
dropping out of school entirely and often go for years without
being properly diagnosed; and
WHEREAS, Aside from problems in school, an individual with
dyslexia can experience a loss of self-esteem and develop
general reading problems that may persist into adulthood, which
can then affect the individual's job performance; and
WHEREAS, According to the International Dyslexia Association,
approximately 85% of students classified as having a primary
learning disability have difficulty in reading and language
processing; and
WHEREAS, The number of people having some symptoms of
dyslexia is much higher, perhaps as much as 15% to 20% of the
entire United States population as a whole; and
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WHEREAS, There is much hope for students who are correctly
diagnosed with this disorder, as they can and do learn
successfully with appropriate teaching methods, and the earlier
such diagnosis is made the better for the student; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia is a disorder that often manifests itself
among members of the same family; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives,
however, its impact can change at different stages in a person's
life; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia is an often misunderstood language-based
disability and a large percentage of residents of this
Commonwealth experience one or more symptoms of this disorder;
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate the month of October 2015
as "Dyslexia Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.
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