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WHEREAS, dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, and word pronunciation; and
WHEREAS, dyslexia is distinguished from other learning disabilities by its weakness at the phonological level, and that it is neurobiological in origin; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s most precious resource is its children, and dyslexia affects one in five in the United States, or 20% of our population; and
WHEREAS, the onset and severity of dyslexia varies in each individual; and
WHEREAS, because it takes individuals with dyslexia longer to process phonemic information, the disability directly affects academic growth, achievement, and self-esteem; and
WHEREAS, dyslexia is an unexpected disability in an individual who is of average to above average intelligence; and
WHEREAS, it is important to provide effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia; and
WHEREAS, Dyslexia Awareness Month is an opportunity to acknowledge educators specializing in effective teaching strategies, and to celebrate the many achievements of adolescents, students, and adults with dyslexia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2019 as DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.