Dyslexia Awareness Month Resolution

October 30, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), along with 16 bipartisan co-sponsors, introduced a House resolution Tuesday (October 30) which would designate October as “National Dyslexia Awareness Month.”

“Dyslexia is a learning disability which affects one out of every five individuals,” Westerman said. “It is important for schools, state and local educational agencies, and Congress to recognize the significant implications that accompany dyslexia. It is my hope that this bipartisan House resolution raises awareness of America’s most common learning disability and highlights the need for continued research into effective interventions.”

The following Members of Congress are original co-sponsors of this bill: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Larry Buschon (IN-08), Ted Deutch (FL-22), French Hill (AR-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Rick Nolan (MN-06), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Kevin Yoder (KS-03).

Westerman was recently named a co-chair of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Brownley is the Caucus’ other co-chair. In the 114th Congress, Westerman co-sponsored H.R. 3033, the READ Act, which authorizes multi-directorate, merit-reviewed, and competitively awarded dyslexia research projects using funds appropriated for the National Science Foundation Research and Related Activities account and the Education and Human Resources Directorate. The legislation was signed into law February 18, 2016.https://westerman.house.gov/…/westerman-introduces-bill-des…

Little Free Library Founder Tribute

On the radio, a while back, Bol heard a story about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was asked what he would do if he knew he were going to die tomorrow. “And he said he would plant a tree,” Bol said. “An apple tree. So I decided to do the same thing.

“With Little Free Library, everywhere we go, we try to plant seeds.”

Bol has struggled with dyslexia, so reading was always tricky. “I love stories. And I love learning,” he explained. “I would never say I fell in love with reading.”