Dyslexia in Virginia is alive and well. Not really well but it is out there as much as people don’t want to admit it. 1 in 5 people have dyslexia even though many schools do not recognize it as a valid issue. The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is working hard to change that. As an organization we are committed to bring education and awareness to the citizens of Virginia.
What is dyslexia you may ask? According to the International Dyslexia Association it is defined as a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.
For more information visit http://www.interdys.org/FAQ.htm or http://www.vbida.org.