National Dyslexia Awareness Month 2017




Calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational
agencies to recognize the significant educational implications
of dyslexia that must be addressed, and designating
October 2017 as ‘‘National Dyslexia Awareness Month’’.
Whereas dyslexia is—
(1) defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for
an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better
reader; and
(2) most commonly caused by a difficulty in phonological
processing (the appreciation of the individual
sounds of spoken language), which affects the ability of
an individual to speak, read, and spell, and often, the
ability to learn a second language;Whereas

Whereas dyslexia is the most common learning disability and
affects 80 percent to 90 percent of all individuals with a
learning disability;
Whereas dyslexia is persistent and highly prevalent, affecting
as many as 1 out of 5 individuals;
Whereas dyslexia is a paradox, in that an individual with dyslexia
may have both—
(1) weaknesses in decoding that result in difficulties
in accurate or fluent word recognition; and
(2) strengths in higher-level cognitive functions, such
as reasoning, critical thinking, concept formation, or
Whereas great progress has been made in understanding dyslexia
on a scientific level, including the epidemiology and
cognitive and neurobiological bases of dyslexia; and
Whereas early screening for and early diagnosis of dyslexia
are critical for ensuring individuals with dyslexia receive
focused, evidence-based intervention that leads to fluent
reading, promotion of self-awareness and self-empowerment,
and the provision of necessary accommodations
that ensure success in school and in life: Now, therefore,
be it
1 Resolved, That the Senate—
2 (1) calls on Congress, schools, and State and
3 local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia
4 has significant educational implications that must be
5 addressed; and
6 (2) designates October 2017 as ‘‘National Dys-
7 lexia Awareness Month’’.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on National Dyslexia Awareness Month

During National Dyslexia Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to support people with dyslexia and commit to gaining a deeper understanding of the disability.  Dyslexia is one of the most prevalent language-based learning disabilities, affecting as many as one in five Americans.

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read and process language.  Undiagnosed cases of dyslexia can be detrimental to a young person’s self-confidence, learning, and development.  The failure to identify dyslexia early on can begin to create an achievement gap between dyslexic readers and their peers as early as the first grade.  Too many young Americans with dyslexia do not receive the resources they need, resulting in lower rates of literacy and higher rates of dropping out of school, unemployment, and incarceration.

To help all Americans reach their full potential, my Administration is dedicated to working with schools and families to improve early identification of dyslexia and to deliver evidence-based solutions to children affected by the condition.  Through continued research and work, our Nation will break down the barriers created by dyslexia and support these valued members of our society who are working to overcome this disability.

Melania joins me in encouraging Americans to learn more about dyslexia and to raise awareness of this disorder.  Together, we will ensure that every person suffering from dyslexia reaches his or her full potential and has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.