For years, I could never understand why each October we marked Dyslexia Awareness Month as a federal event, but not a state event.
As a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), I am aware our association has dedicated considerable resources to educating our elected leaders in Trenton about the importance of this designation. I am pleased the state Legislature unanimously supported a resolution for a statewide designation, just in time for this October’s Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Dyslexia remains one of the most common learning disabilities in children, affecting the ability of many to read, write, spell and sometimes speak.
As Assembly members Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight and Valerie Vainieri Huttle noted, in their support, dyslexia affects one out of every 10 people in the United States. Those untreated often suffer devastating personal consequences, such as dropping or failing out of school. Dyslexia is a learning disability that, with proper support, can be corrected.
Finally, with the governor signing this law, New Jersey is aligned with national efforts to raise awareness and educate the public on dyslexia and its symptoms. It is my hope, with New Jersey finally giving this important designation, we can do more to educate, promote research, and early identification of dyslexia.