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Dyslexia awareness rally held at the Capitol

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Families and friends of people challenged by dyslexia rallied at the Capitol on 6.13.17. (MTN News photo) Families and friends of people challenged by dyslexia rallied at the Capitol on 6.13.17. (MTN News photo)
The activists carried signs showing their support for the dyslexia community. (MTN News photo) The activists carried signs showing their support for the dyslexia community. (MTN News photo)
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Families and friends of people challenged by dyslexia rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday.

The event was designed to raise awareness of and show support for those who struggle with the disorder.

The activists carried signs showing their support for the dyslexia community. Attendees also spoke with the Education Interim Committee about increasing awareness, education, and training in Montana schools to help children with dyslexia.

According to The Yale Center for Dyslexia more than 20% of Montanans have dyslexia. Kelly Fedge-DuBose founder of Decoding Dyslexia Montana said that we need to fundamentally change how we talk about the issue.

“It’s not something to be ashamed of, it has nothing to do with intelligence,” said Fedge-DuBose, “It’s just a way of learning. It’s like being right handed or left handed.  It’s just a different way their brain processes information. “

Fedge-DuBose added that until we change how dyslexia is treated in our schools, more children will continue to fail.


Click here to visit the Decoding Dyslexia Montana website, which provides this overview: 

Some Common Dyslexic Indicators :

  • (Your child may have some but not all of these because dyslexics are not carbon copies of each other.)
  • * Artistic/Athletic
  • * Poor speller
  • * Outstanding, creative problem solving ability
  • *  Holistic- Big Picture thinker
  • * Empathetic
  • * Learns their ABS's and/ or math facts one day and then forgets them over and over again.
  • * Has trouble learning to tie his or her shoes
  • * Mixes up words or pronunciation of words.
  • * Has difficulty in retrieving the correct word    when re-telling a story
  • * Has trouble mastering math facts
  • * Has difficulty with any rote memorization
  • * awesome problem solving skills
  • * Is hurt deeply by sarcasm because they don't understand it
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