October 2017 is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month in the State of Colorado.
What is dyslexia?
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) along with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) adopted the following definition of dyslexia.
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Resources for educators and families
The following are links to web-based resources to assist educators and families in support of students with reading difficulties including dyslexia.
- International Dyslexia Association
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Colorado Department of Education - Exceptional Student Service Unit (ESSU)
The following is the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)’s annual report to the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate pursuant to House Bill 08-1223 (C.R.S.22-2-133) addressing the technical assistance and training made available related to students with literacy challenges, including dyslexia. The report summarizes the training and technical assistance provided in 2016 by CDE through the Office of Literacy and the Exceptional Student Services Unit.
The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit hosted a Dyslexia Forum on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The expressed purpose of the event was to build upon the current framework of early literacy policy in Colorado to support students in both general and special education to meet important reading outcomes.
The objectives were:
- To bring together stakeholders interested in supporting students who struggle with reading including those with dyslexia
- To educate stakeholders on reading difficulties including dyslexia
- To strengthen relationships with and among stakeholders interested in early literacy
The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Jack Fletcher, a board-certified child neuropsychologist. His professional work has focused on issues related to child neuropsychology. In the area of developmental learning and attention disorders, Dr. Fletcher has addressed issues related to definitions and classification, neurobiological correlates, and most recently, intervention.