September 26, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 145 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 576--CALLING ON CONGRESS, SCHOOLS, AND STATE AND LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF DYSLEXIA THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND...; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 145
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[Pages S6083-S6084] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 576--CALLING ON CONGRESS, SCHOOLS, AND STATE AND LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF DYSLEXIA THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND DESIGNATING OCTOBER 2016 AS ``NATIONAL DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH'' Mr. CASSIDY (for himself, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Warren) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 576 Whereas dyslexia is-- (1) defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader; and (2) most commonly due to a difficulty in phonological processing (the appreciation of the individual sounds of spoken language), which affects the ability of an individual to speak, read, spell, and often, learn a second language; Whereas dyslexia is the most common learning disability and affects 80 percent to 90 percent of all individuals with a learning disability; Whereas dyslexia is highly prevalent, affecting as many as 1 out of 5 individuals, and persistent; Whereas dyslexia is a paradox such that an individual with dyslexia may have-- (1) weaknesses in decoding that results in difficulties in accurate or fluent word recognition; and (2) strengths 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; and [[Page S6084]] Whereas early diagnosis of dyslexia is critical for ensuring that individuals with dyslexia receive focused, evidence-based intervention that leads to the promotion of self-awareness and self-empowerment and the provision of necessary accommodations so as to ensure school and life success: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) calls on Congress, schools, and State and local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed; and (2) designates October 2016 as ``National Dyslexia Awareness Month''. ____________________