Dyslexia Awareness Month: A Celebration of Learning Differently

Dyslexia is the most common yet most misinterpreted learning disability. The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about what dyslexia is and what individuals with dyslexia experience.

Students with dyslexia are incorrectly stereotyped on a daily basis. Every student should be allowed to be understood and given the chance to be academically successful. Dyslexics face learning difficulties in the classroom every day, and need our help to learn more about their struggles. Despite their limitations, dyslexics are usually of average or above average intelligence.

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and raising awareness about the issues of dyslexia:

“We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge”

The IDA has branches locations in all U.S. states and throughout the world.

According to a study conducted by The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, one out of five people suffer with dyslexia. Dyslexia Awareness Month is committed to educating the public about misconceptions and assumptions made, to provide better teaching techniques and social acceptance.

Ironically, we are always told to never judge a book by its cover; however, we view those who have difficulty reading and processing information differently.

The IDA annual conference is scheduled for October 28-31 in Grapevine, TX. To find out more information about IDA and its upcoming conference, visit the website at http://eida.org/2015-annual-conference/ and learn more about dyslexia.

Follow AFSA Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout October as we celebrate and support those who have dyslexia. Remember, dyslexia is a gift; the natural ability to view the world in another way.