Neilson raises awareness about dyslexia, early interventions

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., joined in a rally today with the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Literacy Coalition to highlight dyslexia and thank his colleagues in the state House of Representatives for unanimously adopting H.R. 1044 designating October 2018 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain that affects people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. There is no known cure for this condition, and individuals diagnosed must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence, however it can make reading and comprehension more difficult.

“My youngest son got lucky that someone identified and diagnosed him with dyslexia early. We need to encourage our children to tell their teachers and parents if they’re having trouble reading,” Neilson said. “It is our job as legislators to raise awareness about this learning condition, and the importance of early detection and interventions that we know have been effective.”

People with dyslexia, or developmental reading disorder, experience problems confusing letters or learning what sounds go with certain letters; have trouble learning how to speak or determining the meaning of a simple sentence; and may include difficulty in correctly performing math operations or memorizing number facts. Symptoms include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words, with a large percentage of residents of the Commonwealth experiencing one or more of these symptoms. As much as 15 to 20 percent of the entire U.S. population shows some symptoms of dyslexia.

Neilson said he is encouraging parents to talk to their struggling students, and their teachers, about testing to determine the best course of action for their individual needs.


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