PRINTER'S NO. 2238
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
146
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY NEILSON, OCTOBER 5, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, OCTOBER 5, 2021
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of October 2021 as "Dyslexia Awareness
Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Developmental reading disorder, 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, Dyslexia's symptoms include slow or inaccurate
reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar
words; and
WHEREAS, Problems experienced by people with dyslexia may
incl ude confusing letters or having difficulty learning the
sounds that go with letters, having trouble learning how to
speak, recognizing words or determining the meaning of a simple
sentence and having trouble processing the sounds of language,
such as rhyming; 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
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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, Dyslexia is not caused by a lack of desire to learn
and affects people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels,
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 general
reading problems that may persist into adulthood, which can
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; and
WHEREAS, There is hope for students who are correctly
diagnosed with this disorder, as they can successfully learn
with appropriate teaching methods; and
WHEREAS, The earlier that dyslexia is diagnosed, the better
the outcome is f or the student; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia is a disorder that often manifests among
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members of the same family; and
WHEREAS, While dyslexia affects individuals throughout their
lives, its impact can change at different stages of 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 House of Representatives designate the
month of October 2021 as "Dyslexia Awareness Month" in
Pennsylvania.
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