Oct. is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Quick quiz! How many of these facts about dyslexia did you already know?
- Up to 20% of people have dyslexia. That’s 1 in 5 people, ~ 3 kids in each Horizons K-8 class (on average).
- Only 5% of people are diagnosed with dyslexia. In other words, up to three out of four dyslexic people are undiagnosed.
- Dyslexic kids can be identified as early as kindergarten, using short dyslexia screenings.
- All dyslexic people require specific interventions to learn to read and spell proficiently.
- Dyslexia ranges in severity. A person could be mild or “stealth” dyslexic, moderate, severe or profound.
- Stealth dyslexics can often read at grade level, but have great difficulty reading and spelling quickly and accurately.
- Dyslexia does not mean less intelligent. 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. Dyslexic brains come with significant gifts, such as visual-spatial skills, problem solving abilities, and creative storytelling.
- Dyslexic students are much more likely to drop out of school. Only 34% of college students with dyslexia will finish within 8 years. Approximately 85% of prisoners in the US are dyslexic.
If you were familiar with fewer than 5 out of 8 of these facts, it’s a good idea to learn more about dyslexia!
What you learn could make a difference in the life of a kid or adult you know…or even yourself. Here are some resources: