SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - During October 7th's Council Meeting, Mayor Matthew Anesh officially proclaimed October 2019 as Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Anesh requested that the achievements of those afflicted with dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and word pronunciation, are to be acknowledged by citizens of the community throughout the month of October.
The proclamation was made to acknowledge those facing the challenges of dyslexia as well as the teachers and families who work side by side with those with the disability in order to help them reach their highest potential.
“Because it takes individuals with dyslexia longer to process phonemic information, the disability directly affects academic growth, achievement, and self-esteem,” said Anesh as he officially instated the proclamation. “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; and now, therefore, I, Matthew P. Anesh, Mayor of Borough of South Plainfield do hereby proclaim October 2019 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in our Borough and call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”
After the proclamation was delivered, Councilwoman Christine Faustini asked to say a few words.
"I am very grateful that the South Plainfield Community does its part to create awareness about Dyslexia, the most common language-based learning disability. With so many who care, New Jersey has been a long leader in identifying and helping students with dyslexia," said Faustini. " It is something that impacts my family directly, so I am very familiar with the challenges that come with it, particularly in the classroom. My deep appreciation goes out to our educators for ensuring every child, no matter what their challenges may be, has the opportunity to grow and succeed inside and then outside the classroom.”