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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 and 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 perseverance and many achievements of adolescents, students, and adults with dyslexia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2020 as DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.