The community shows up to support the 1 in 5
Last night, Mayor George Fuller proclaimed October as Dyslexia Awareness Month.
It was a packed house at the City Council Regular meeting, and the audience clapped as some of the dyslexic students of McKinney came forward to shake hands with the Mayor.
It was great seeing our city, McKinney ISD, and the Imagine International Academy come together to bring awareness to dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate and or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth or vocabulary and background knowledge. Ten to twenty in every hundred children struggle with dyslexia.
Research shows that a child who finishes second grade without being able to read has only a one in four chance of reading at grade level by the end of elementary school. If a child receives help early, in kindergarten or first grade, that child has a 90-95 % chance of becoming a fluent reader. If identified early, a learning disability can be treated and the majority of children with learning disabilities will have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Only a limited percentage of society and the academic community are aware of how to access and implement treatment options for dyslexia. Such options can be found through organizations like the International Dyslexia Association.
The most successful treatment for dyslexia depends on its early recognition. Although symptoms of dyslexia are evident as early as Pre-K age, most children who have this learning disability are not diagnoses until much later when treatment is much more difficult and after they have fallen behind their peers academically.
Dyslexia Awareness Month provides an opportunity for families whose lives have been affected by dyslexia to honor dedicated education and health care professionals who address the needs of this disability. This month also affords us an opportunity to share information with the public, parents, teachers and all others about dyslexia.
Thank you to all the wonderful parents that shared their kids last night.
For more information on dyslexia, visit www.thedyslexiainitiative.org