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October 2023: Learning Disabilities Month

WHEREAS, the term learning disabilities refers to differences in how our brains work, which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding, or use of verbal or nonverbal information; and,

WHEREAS, learning disabilities range in severity and may impact the acquisition and use of oral language, reading, written language, and mathematics; and,

WHEREAS, 1 in 5 individuals have a learning disability; and,

WHEREAS, learning disabilities may co-exist with other disabilities and conditions, and they can affect individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other intersecting factors; and,

WHEREAS, disabilities are a natural part of human diversity, but individuals with learning disabilities may face discrimination or marginalization based on their disability and other intersecting factors; and,

WHEREAS, every person has strengths, and learning disabilities should not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or home, or as members of their families and their communities, and,

WHEREAS, specialized assessments and interventions involving home, school, community, and workplace settings can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, by creating an environment with the appropriate supports and services, individuals with learning disabilities can achieve their goals, make meaningful contributions to their community, and participate fully in society; and,

WHEREAS, understanding and celebrating the unique abilities and perspectives of individuals with learning disabilities is essential to creating an inclusive society that embraces the strengths and potential of all Michigan residents; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2023 as Learning Disabilities Month in Michigan.