Education and Early Childhood Development
October 22, 2019

Provincial Government Recognizes International Dyslexia Awareness Month

In recognition of International Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Confederation Building will be lit red this evening (Tuesday, October 22). The lighting is part of the second annual ‘Mark it Read’ for Dyslexia campaign across Canada.

Dyslexia is a hereditary disability that makes it difficult to read, write or spell. Buildings and monuments across Canada are using red lights and holding various activities throughout the month to show support for Canadians living with dyslexia.

Through the Education Action Plan, the Provincial Government is taking steps to enhance supports in the classroom for students with exceptionalities. This includes additional teacher resources such as reading specialists, learning resource teachers and teaching and learning assistants. Additional supports are also being provided for school libraries to support reading instruction and promote student engagement and literacy. 

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“Every student deserves the awareness and support to be able to learn to read and write with their peers and to be successful in school and in life. The ‘Mark it Read’ for Dyslexia campaign is an exciting opportunity to promote discussion and I encourage schools to decorate a class in red, have a red themed art project or plan any activity that will help raise awareness and support students struggling with dyslexia”.
Honourable Brian Warr
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development 

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Media contact
Tina Coffey
Education and Early Childhood Development
709-729-1906, 687-9903
tcoffey@gov.nl.ca

2019 10 22                              3:00 p.m.