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MFISD Observes Dyslexia Awareness Month

Marble Falls Independent School District Campuses are acknowledging Dyslexia Awareness month by wearing red on Thursday, October 21.  In addition, facts about dyslexia are being shared on the district website.

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and carries with it a focus of bringing more attention and support to people with one of the most prevalent language-based learning disabilities.  MFISD Director of Special Education Dr. Bunch-Fancher said that MFISD dyslexia students receive comprehensive intervention utilizing the Wilson curricula. 

Dr. Fancher explained that all Kindergarten and First grade students at Spicewood, Colt, Marble Falls, and Highland Lakes Elementary campuses are screened for dyslexia as required by TEA.  “Further evaluation of dyslexia is performed if screening and other quantitative / qualitative data deem it necessary,” Dr. Fancher explained.  “Parents or teachers may request testing of their child at any time by contacting the school.”

Parents can find a copy of the Texas Dyslexia Handbook on the MFISD website at https://www.marblefallsisd.org/Page/10622. 

According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, dyslexia is very common, affecting 20% of the population.  While people typically think that dyslexia is the inability to read, the International Dyslexia Association explains that it is a neurobiological condition that “is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.”  The Yale Center states that with an early identification and the right interventions, dyslexics can learn how to read.  At the same time, dyslexics are typically fast and creative thinkers with strong reasoning skills. 

Famous dyslexics include Orlando Bloom, Richard Branson, Leonardo da Vinci, Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, Steven Spielberg, Dave Pilkey, and Keira Knightly.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Dr. Shana Bunch-Fancher, 830-693-4357

By Jessamyn Putnam, MFISD SEPAC Chair