October is a month of awareness for many causes, like domestic violence, breast cancer, and bullying prevention. It’s also proclaimed as Dyslexia Awareness Month.
According to the international dyslexia association, 1 in 10 people in the nation have symptoms of Dyslexia. It could include anything from difficulty with speaking, learning letters and their sounds, memorizing number facts, or even difficulty spelling, just to name a few.
Bill Breton says, “dyslexia is not something that you catch, it is something you are born with, and it is fundamentally a neurological impairment, and there’s no cure for dyslexia, you’re born with it and you’re going to have it the rest of your life.”
Breton is a Professor of Education at the university of Maine at Presque Isle who focuses on Special ed. He says the kind of efforts to help people with dyslexia start after a student first enters school and is screened by exercises primarily in reading for the first 3 grades.
Breton, “then the teachers will provide them with support services with instructional services, this is not only done at the kindergarten level, it’s done at all grades.”
Governor Paul LePage has highlighted the affects dyslexia has on Maine Families and communities to help raise awareness.
Breton says, “After the third or 4th grade, the assumptions made that the children know how to read, if they don’t know how to read, then all the content books that they’re going to be receiving they will not be able to read and there will be either behavior problems or they’ll turn off from school.
Although it’s a month of awareness, the efforts to improve the lives of children and adults living with dyslexia will continue in Maine with organizations like the Maine association of learning disabilities and project D.E.B.U.N.K.