October, 2014: Dyslexia Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability of neurological origin which interferes with language processing, accurate and/or fluent word recognition, spelling and decoding abilities and reading comprehension despite normal or above-average intelligence; and,

WHEREAS, dyslexia can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, culture or socioeconomic status and impacts as much as 20% of the population or 1 out of every 5 individuals; and, 

WHEREAS, dyslexia varies in severity ranging from mild to profound and is characterized by a combination of difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and/or math, which can create a wide gap between an individual’s intellectual ability and their academic and personal achievement; and,

WHEREAS, dyslexia is identifiable as early as 4-6 years of age and early intervention is essential because the negative consequences are highly preventable through effective, direct, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension; and,

WHEREAS, when individuals have access to early intervention, the human and economic costs of dyslexia to society are significantly reduced; and,

WHEREAS, literacy for all is an important goal for the state of Michigan and dyslexia affects a high percentage of our struggling readers; it is imperative that we learn to recognize and to address this treatable condition so all Michiganders are able to learn to read and spell proficiently and achieve to their full potential.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Michigan.