5 for Friday: Kicking off Dyslexia Awareness Month

This week, Governor Tim Walz signed a proclamation stating that Minnesota will observe Dyslexia Awareness Month in October to coincide with the International Dyslexia Association's Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Bringing awareness to an issue that impacts 1 in 10 people in the Untied States allows us to break the stigma around the most common learning disability as well as help provide students who struggle with this impairment with access to the educational tools they need to excel in the classroom.

Apparatus provides lobbying and strategy services for Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots movement driven by Minnesota families and educators who recognized the need for conversations with school districts and policymakers regarding dyslexia.

Our #5forFriday will help kickoff our month long focus on dyslexia awareness.

1. From EdScoop - Audiobooks and other assistive technologies are creating a way for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities to have access to educational content that allows them to develop a love for reading. You can listen to the webinar from the vice president of educator initiatives at Learning Ally that recommends the use of audiobooks here.

2. From Children's Performing Arts - This organization on mission to provide a platform to explore the world of artistic expression for children and their community will host their Spotlight on a Cause this month. Runaway Learning Machine is an original play from a book of the same title. Runaway Learning Machine is Jim Bauer's life story of growing up in the 1950's and 60's with undiagnosed dyslexia and struggling through a "try harder" educational system. More information about the show and the sensory-friendly performance on October 10 can be found here.

3. From Decoding Dyslexia - Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota will host a full-day workshop with focus on learning and advocacy on Friday, October 25. Speakers will include Amy Goetz, Dr. Amy Schulting and Vicki Weinberg. Register for the event at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation here.

4. From The Reading Center - Watch a discussion regarding the 2019 legislation passed by the Dyslexia Coalition in Minnesota. This panel includes John Alexander (Groves Academy), Cindy Russell (The Reading Center), Rachel Berger (Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota) and moderated by Sarah Carlson-Wallrath (International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch).

5. From the Herald Review - The Great Minds Learning Center in Grand Rapids offered some advice for students with dyslexia as they headed back to school this fall.

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