On March 15th, Decoding Dyslexia states around the country asked the public to display their “1 in 5″ proudly for all to see.
This 1 in 5 campaign is piggybacking the observation of National Reading Month, with the reminder that 1 in 5 individuals is dyslexic and struggle with reading everyday. Some important facts you should know:
- Dyslexia affects up to 20% of our population. That’s 1 in 5.
- It is the most common and prevalent of all learning disabilities
- It is the leading cause of failing and school drop outs in the nation
- Children do not “outgrow” dylexia. And they can’t be “cured” because it’s not a disease
- Reading Failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders
- Without proper intervention, children who are poor readers in 1st grade will continue to struggle into adulthood
And Now Some Good News
Kids with dyslexia are smart but have a language-based disability. They need reading instruction that is direct, explicit and multisensory. Early intervention is key. We know what works. We’ve seen the success stories. Now we need to make sure that all kids have access to the right reading programs. From Kindergarten on–the earlier the better. Kids with Dyslexia should not have to fail before getting the help they need. It’s up to all of us to make sure they reach their full potential and that means early screening and proper instruction from the start.