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Why is dyslexia awareness just so darn important? Well, for starters, dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting up to 1 in 5 people.
Not only that, but without the right support, dyslexia can make school and work very difficult.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dyslexia can be a strength or a struggle, depending on the situation. For example, a person with dyslexia might be great at a task that involves big-picture thinking.
However, a person with dyslexia who is required to read to learn may struggle. But reading is an important part of school and learning.
That’s where the need for awareness comes in.
Dyslexia awareness can help us know which students may have dyslexia. This leaves room to give them the right help and support needed to be successful.
Many facts and statistics point to the need for dyslexia awareness, like:
Now that it’s clear WHY dyslexia awareness is such an important issue, it’s time to take action!
Pick one (or several!) items from the list below to do your part this October to turn dyslexia challenges into dyslexia strengths!
Early detection of dyslexia is important because intervention is most effective when it happens early.
Learn to spot the signs of dyslexia in your student by reading this article where an occupational therapist answers common dyslexia questions.
People with dyslexia can often learn how to read, but not always.
The extra work their brains must do to decode makes it harder for them to deeply understand what they read.
But students with dyslexia can often understand grade-level reading even if they can’t decode it.
Audiobooks and text-to speech are two great ways to help students with dyslexia understand what they are reading.
That means giving students digital worksheets instead of physical handouts.
It also means including an audiobook option when you assign books to your students.
Visit The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials to learn more about accessible learning materials.
Students with dyslexia can feel alone in their struggle. Seeing characters similar to themselves represented can help.
Not only that, reading a book about dyslexia to a class encourages compassion and understanding.
Check out our list of 10 dyslexia book recommendations, which includes several books for younger readers.
Self advocacy skills can help people with dyslexia succeed in school and work.
We talked to Keri Huddleston, SLP, AT Specialist, and consultant about the benefits of self-advocacy. Here are her suggestions for teaching students with disabilities self-advocacy skills.
We sat down with Ptahra Jeppe, a disability rights lawyer with dyslexia, to ask her how schools and parents could best support learners with dyslexia.
Discover what she said in this article about empowering struggling readers.
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Mobile Device Dyslexia Awareness Wallpaper Graphics
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