Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Co-Chairs Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced a resolution to designate October 2021 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
“I started my career in public service to help ensure that people with dyslexia, like my daughter, have the resources and support they need to succeed,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “By recognizing October as Dyslexia Awareness Month, we are raising awareness and focusing more attention on how to best identify and address dyslexia, so that individuals with dyslexia have the tools they need to live up to their fullest potential. I am proud to continue working with Congressman Westerman and my colleagues of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus to ensure dyslexia receives the attention it deserves.”
“As co-chair of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus and spouse of a special education teacher, I understand how important dyslexia awareness and advocacy is to the students and families suffering from our nation’s most common learning disability,” said Congressman Bruce Westerman. “By raising awareness of dyslexia’s challenges, I hope to help students, teachers, and parents take full advantage of the resources available to them.”
While many parents and educators have recognized October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month for years, it is important for Congress to formally designate the month each year. This resolution represents the dedication of members of both parties in Congress to recognize and address the significant educational implications of dyslexia that affect one in five people in America.
Read the text of the bill, here.