It is our hope that this guidance will help families and educators work together on behalf of children. We acknowledge that there could be situations in which the child’s parents and the team of qualified professionals responsible for determining whether the child has a specific learning disability would find it helpful to include information about the specific condition (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia) in documenting how that condition relates to the child’s eligibility determination. Additionally, there could be situations where an IEP team could determine that personnel responsible for IEP implementation would need to know about the condition underlying the child’s disability (e.g., that a child has a weakness in decoding skills as a result of the child’s dyslexia). ~Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Decoding Dyslexia letter to US DOE OSERS requesting affirmation that there is no prohibition against using the term “dyslexia” in an eligible student’s IEP.
Governor Hogan Issues First Dyslexia Awareness Proclamation to Designate October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Maryland!
Whereas, Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life affecting one of every five people regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status; and
Whereas, Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities; and
Whereas, Early diagnosis and identification of dyslexia is critical to ensure that individuals with dyslexia receive focused, evidenced-based intervention that leads to the promotion of self-awareness and self-empowerment and the provision of necessary accommodations to ensure school and life success; and
Whereas, teachers and students across the State of Maryland benefit from increased educator professional training about dyslexia and the evidence-based teaching strategies designed to better identify and educate students with dyslexia; and
Whereas, All citizens are urged to offer support to those affected by dyslexia and recognize the dedicated efforts of those who are working to raise awareness and understanding in order to identify, treat and prevent problems associated with dyslexia.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr, Governor of the State of Maryland, do hereby proclaim OCTOBER, 2015 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Maryland, and commend this observance to all of our citizens.
Photos from the Town Hall Panel: How to Close the Reading Gap:
It's October 1st! The first day of dyslexia awareness month, and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced Senate Resolution 275 (SRes 275) a "resolution calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed and designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month."
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Download a copy of the Senate Dyslexia Awareness Month Resolution