October 5, 2017
- Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Eklund, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, email@example.com or (916) 440-1985
SACRAMENTO – Did you know that over 1 million California students in public K – 12 schools have a disability in language and speech processing? This month, California State PTA is raising awareness about dyslexia in honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a neurobiological learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, poor spelling and poor decoding abilities. Because of these symptoms, people with dyslexia often experience problems in reading comprehension and have a reduced reading experience, which can impede growth of vocabulary.
“I have firsthand experience with the importance of early detection of dyslexia as well as improving education services for the students in California who are affected. I am dyslexic, so I understand that strong family support and support from schools is absolutely crucial,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.
Without appropriate remediation, most students who struggle to learn to read will continue to struggle with reading and face lasting consequences, including social or emotional problems as well as an increased risk of not earning a high school diploma and not attending or completing college.
California State PTA and its units, councils and districts recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to be better addressed by public schools and school districts. In 2016, California State PTA delegates adopted a comprehensive resolution supporting educator training necessary to improve the understanding of dyslexia, as well as early screening for signs and symptoms of dyslexia in kindergarten through third grade.
All month, California State PTA will be sharing resources, information and tools to inform and educate parents and families about supporting students with dyslexia. Do you know someone with dyslexia?
The California Department of Education has also released updated guidelines to help teachers and parents identify students with dyslexia and to plan, provide, evaluate and improve education services, available at www.cde.ca.gov.