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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: October 19, 2015 03:45 PM
From: Senator Sean Wiley
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution - Dyslexia Awareness Month
 
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating October 2015 as Dyslexia Awareness Month. By doing so, I hope to increase awareness of this disorder and of the strides we have taken to increase learning opportunities for Pennsylvanians who live with dyslexia.

Developmental reading disorder, also called dyslexia, is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. The disorder is a specific information-processing problem that does not interfere with one's ability to think or to understand complex ideas. In fact, most people with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence. Nevertheless, students with dyslexia are likely to struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. Moreover, dyslexia often goes undiagnosed for years and sometimes is not formally recognized until adulthood, where it can impact job performance and other life skills.

Pennsylvania has made great strides in addressing this issue in recent years with the passage of Act 69 of 2014. This bill created the Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program, which helps to identify very young children who have dyslexia and associated language processing difficulties and provide them with appropriate intervention services. Currently at work in eight school districts across the Commonwealth, this pilot program will help children get the help they need to become more confident readers and learners.

Please join me in supporting this resolution designating October 2015 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.


Introduced as SR228