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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 27, 2018 10:00 AM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Dyslexia Awareness Month - October
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution designating October 2018 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

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.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution. Last year, Senate Resolution 234 was cosponsored by Senators Brewster, Browne, Costa, Dinniman, Folmer, Fontana, Greenleaf, Hughes, Killion, Mensch, Rafferty, Sabatina, Scavello, Tartaglione, White, and Yudichak.

Introduced as SR438