Dyslexia Awareness Month: Empowering Students with Dyslexia
Since 2015, October has been acknowledged as Dyslexia Awareness Month. This month is used to educate people on dyslexia and to counter the stereotypes that society has developed over the years about individuals with dyslexia. Dyslexia Awareness Month is also a time when organizations share resources that can inform educators on how to better help students with dyslexia. The color red is used to represent dyslexia because for many years, students have been returned schoolwork with red marks on their papers to show where the student made a mistake, so by using red as a symbol for dyslexia, students are able to give the color red a positive meaning.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects the language skills of individuals with dyslexia. This learning disability can affect a student’s reading and writing skills, which can make it challenging for them to succeed in their classes without extra support. However, a misconception about dyslexia is that people only struggle with reading and writing, and in reality, dyslexia can also affect their communication skills because this disability can have an impact on word pronunciation, and it can also make it difficult for individuals to not only express themselves but also make it difficult to understand what others are trying to communicate to them. Even though individuals with dyslexia will have to live with it for their entire life, with the support of educators, it is possible for them to thrive in any subject and career field.
Book: The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
College Resource: Disabled Student Programs & Services https://www.reedleycollege.edu/student-services/disabled-student-programs-and-services/index.html