Oct. is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Oct. is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Quick quiz! How many of these facts about dyslexia did you already know?

  1. Up to 20% of people have dyslexia. That’s 1 in 5 people, ~ 3 kids in each Horizons K-8 class (on average).
  2. Only 5% of people are diagnosed with dyslexia. In other words, up to three out of four dyslexic people are undiagnosed.
  3. Dyslexic kids can be identified as early as kindergarten, using short dyslexia screenings.  
  4. All dyslexic people require specific interventions to learn to read and spell proficiently.
  5. Dyslexia ranges in severity. A person could be mild or “stealth” dyslexic, moderate, severe or profound.
  6. Stealth dyslexics can often read at grade level, but have great difficulty reading and spelling quickly and accurately.
  7. 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.
  8. 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:

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