Gov. Mike Pence has declared Oct. 11 to 31 Dyslexia Awareness Weeks in Indiana. Tina Bailey, with A Better Chance 2 Learn in Mentone, said she was excited to hear about the proclamation. A licensed screener and tutor for four years, Bailey said it’s something she’s been advocating for a while and was glad to finally see dyslexia acknowledged.
“The proclamation is right on base,” she said Monday. “It’s important to let people know what dyslexia is. One in five people are affected by it, and it’s not just about reading things backwards.”
The proclamation recognizes dyslexia as a learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. It also notes that dyslexia creates unique challenges for students with significant educational implications.
“Hoosiers will benefit from increased awareness of the nature of dyslexia, knowing the early warning signs of dyslexia and understanding the value of proven, evidence-based, multi-sensory, structured language interventions for students with dyslexia,” the proclamation states, “and greater recognition and understanding are necessary to ensure individuals with dyslexia are accurately identified and provided with appropriate services so that they might lead maximally productive lives.”
(Story By The Times Union)