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Dyslexia, also sometimes referred to as a “Specific Learning Disability” in reading, is the most common cause of reading difficulties. While Dyslexia is very common, it is often overlooked and misunderstood. When the risk for Dyslexia is identified early, and appropriate support is provided, children with Dyslexia can learn to read well.

Read October is IDA (International Dyslexia Association) of Ontario’s annual literacy and Dyslexia awareness campaign that promotes reading while raising funds to provide decodable books and Dyslexia awareness resources to Ontario public libraries. Participants need only set a personally meaningful reading goal and work towards reaching that goal.

Caledon Public Library’s resources and tools in support of reading development for individuals who struggle with Dyslexia or are struggling or reluctant readers include:

Facts about Dyslexia – source: International Dyslexia Association of Ontario

  • Dyslexia means that the wiring of the brain makes it difficult for him/her to learn to read.
  • Dyslexia is the most common reason that people struggle with learning to read.
  • People with Dyslexia do not see letters or words backwards.
  • Dyslexia is not related to intelligence.
  • Dyslexia commonly runs in families and can range from mil to severe.
  • Children with Dyslexia may be mistakenly labelled as lazy or a slow learner.
  • Dyslexia can be identified as early as Kindergarten.
  • With early help, 95% of children with Dyslexia can learn to read well.