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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: July 31, 2017 03:39 PM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating October 2017 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month”

TO: All House Members
DATE: July 31, 2017
FROM: Representative Ed Neilson
SUBJECT: Resolution Designating October 2017 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month”
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution designating October 2017 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. It is my sincere hope you will join me in this effort.

Developmental reading disorder (DRD), or dyslexia, occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. The disorder is a specific information processing problem that does not interfere with one's ability to think or to understand complex ideas. 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 years without being properly diagnosed. Aside from problems in school, individuals with dyslexia can experience a loss of self-esteem and general reading problems that may persist into adulthood – which can affect job performance.

According to the International Dyslexia Association, approximately 85 percent of students classified as having a primary learning disability have difficulty in reading and language processing. However, the number of people having some symptoms of dyslexia is much higher, perhaps as much as 15 to 20 percent of the entire U.S. population as a whole. These symptoms include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words.

Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. The goal of my resolution is to call attention to this often misunderstood language-based learning disability and the large percentage of residents in the Commonwealth who experience one or more symptoms.

I invite all members to co-sponsor this important legislation.

Introduced as HR575