November 2011: Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

WHEREAS, learning disabilities (LD) are neurologically based processing disorders that affect more than 2 million youths throughout the United States, and are characterized by differences in brain structure that influence the brain's ability to receive, process, store and respond to information; and,


WHEREAS, LDs are complex disorders that impact learning functions such as reading, writing, spelling and performing mathematical calculations, and LDs affect people from all backgrounds, ethnicities and social classes; and,


WHEREAS, with no known cure, LDs remain a lifelong challenge for many citizens; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of LDs throughout our state and we encourage Michigan students, parents and educational professionals to learn more about LDs in order to better understand and help support individuals with a LD live independent, effective and fulfilling lives;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as Learning Disabilities Awareness Month in Michigan.