Raising Dyslexia Awareness March to Capital June 28

Published 06/27 2014 11:18AM

Updated 06/27 2014 04:34PM

Decoding Dyslexia-Utah is “Raising Awareness for Dyslexia” June 27-28. This two day event will include, “Dyslexic for a day” training presented by the Dyslexia Training Institute out of San Diego, at the downtown Salt Lake City library on June 27th. Select pieces from the “Dyslexia Is…” art contest will be on display.

The Raising Dyslexia Awareness march to the Capital and rally is Saturday, June 28th at 11:00 am on the South Steps of the Capital. Families of students with dyslexia will hold a rally to help raise awareness about dyslexia. Winners of the art contest will also be announced at that time. 

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 children, which is 20% of Utah students. This means that in every classroom from kindergarten to twelfth grade sits a child, and probably 2 or 3, who have dyslexia – that’s a lot of kids. Due to research in the last 20 year we now have tremendous amount of evidence about how dyslexia is manifested in the brain, how it manifests in the classroom, the genetic component of dyslexia, but more importantly, we know what works for students with dyslexia.

Children who have dyslexia are so bright and so creative. They have many strengths that they are not able to show in a classroom. One of the main struggles that these students have is a lack of self -confidence and the ability to show what they are good at. We want these children to know that they are successful and to raise awareness about the positives of dyslexia. We want them to be proud of being dyslexic and know that is not something to be ashamed of.

Help us raise awareness so more kids can know why some things are hard and what amazing, talented individuals they truly are!

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