This week, the Senate adopted a Resolution introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich designating October 2018 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
Developmental Reading Disorder, 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. It does not interfere with one’s ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Symptoms of this disease include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words. Students with dyslexia often struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school than their peers.
“Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life,” said Senator Vulakovich. “My resolution calls attention to this often misunderstood language-based learning disability and the large percentage of residents in the Commonwealth who experience one or more symptoms.”