School Board designates October as Dyslexia Awareness Month, supporting students with learning disabilities

Sept. 12

(This resolution appears in its original form. If amended by board action, please see the final version here.) 

Mr. Schmerelson, Dr. McKenna, Dr. Rodriguez - Dyslexia Awareness Month (Res-003-17/18)
(Noticed August 22, 2017)

Whereas, Dyslexia is defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who is
expected to be a much better reader;
Whereas, Dyslexia is a difficulty in identifying the individual sounds of spoken language, which
then affects the ability of an individual to speak, read, spell, and often, learn a language;
Whereas, Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and affects 80 to 90 percent of all
individuals with a learning disability;
Whereas, An individual with dyslexia may have weakness in decoding or reading fluency and
strength in higher level cognitive functions, such as reasoning, critical thinking, concept
formation, or problem solving;
Whereas, Great progress has been made in understanding dyslexia on a scientific level, including
the epidemiology and cognitive and neurobiological bases of dyslexia;
Whereas, Early diagnosis of dyslexia is critical to ensure individuals with dyslexia receive
focused, evidence based intervention allowing the promotion of self-awareness and selfempowerment
and the provision of necessary accommodations to ensure school and life success;
Whereas, The California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) adopted a resolution at its 2016
annual convention that recognizes dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to
be better addressed by public schools and school districts; and
Whereas, The Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, passed the
resolution Recognizing and Addressing the Educational Implications of Dyslexia in LAUSD
Schools (Res-101-16/17), which addresses plans to be developed that will 1) ensure policies,
procedures, and practices are aligned to the provisions of state legislation AB1369 and 2)
provide teacher and staff training necessary to improve the understanding of dyslexia and its
warning signs, appropriate evidence-based structured literacy instruction, and appropriate
classroom accommodations and modifications; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, recognizes that
dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed, and designates October
2017 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month”.