October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia affects an estimated 8.5 million school children and one in six Americans in some form. In recognition of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, the members of the Dyslexia Caucus join with many of our constituents in calling attention to this important issue. In July, we introduced the bipartisan Research Excellence Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act, which prioritizes funding at the National Science Foundation for best practice in the areas of early detection, development of course materials and teacher training. The Science Committee held a hearing on the READ Act on September 30th, which was a good first step toward moving this legislation forward and a great way to help us kick-off Dyslexia Awareness month. The link to the hearing can be found here. For many people, dyslexia is considered a disability.  But if we change the way we approach this subject, we can turn their disability into an opportunity for a brighter and more productive future.