Resolution to Designate October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month


Senators Cassidy (LA) and Mikulski (MD) have submitted S. Res 275, a dyslexia 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”.

Whereas dyslexia is -

  1. defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader; and
  2. due to difficulty in getting the individual sounds of spoken language, which affects the ability of an individual to speak, read, spell, and often, learn a language;

Whereas dyslexia is the most common learning disability and affects 80 percent to 90 percent of all individuals with a learning disability;

Whereas an individual with dyslexia may have weakness in decoding or reading fluency and strength in higher level cognitive functions, such as reasoning, critical thinking, concept formation, or problem solving;

Whereas great progress has been made in understanding dys- lexia on a scientific level, including the epidemiology and cognitive and neurobiological bases of dyslexia; and

Whereas early diagnosis of dyslexia is critical for ensuring that individuals with dyslexia receive focused, evidence- based intervention that leads to the promotion of self- awareness and self-empowerment and the provision of necessary accommodations so as to ensure school and life success…

Please see the draft of the resolution:  CassidyMikulski Dyslexia FINAL


Please contact your Senatators and request they co-sponsor S. Res 275.

Thank you!