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Senator Bush speaks on Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A resolution introduced by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to designate the last week of October 2017 as Dyslexia Awareness Week in Illinois passed in the State Senate today.

“Dyslexia is one of the most common difficulties Illinois students face, but the general public really doesn’t know that much about it,” Bush said. “We need to do a better job of identifying dyslexia. Dyslexia Awareness Week will help fulfill this goal.”

Dyslexia affects 70 percent to 80 percent of people with reading difficulties and is more common than autism or attention deficit disorder. However, awareness and identification of the learning disability are still severely lacking in Illinois.

“With the help of early intervention, students with dyslexia can learn to read and write at grade level,” Bush said. “Unfortunately, parents and teachers often don’t know how to identify dyslexia and are unable to address a student’s reading difficulties. That’s why it’s so important to increase awareness about dyslexia.”

The passage of Senate Joint Resolution 16 is another step forward for those struggling with dyslexia.


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