Westerman Introduces Bill to Designate “National Dyslexia Awareness Month”

October 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), along with 16 bipartisan co-sponsors, introduced a House resolution Tuesday (October 30) which would designate October as “National Dyslexia Awareness Month.”

“Dyslexia is a learning disability which affects one out of every five individuals,” Westerman said. “It is important for schools, state and local educational agencies, and Congress to recognize the significant implications that accompany dyslexia. It is my hope that this bipartisan House resolution raises awareness of America’s most common learning disability and highlights the need for continued research into effective interventions.”

The following Members of Congress are original co-sponsors of this bill: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Larry Buschon (IN-08), Ted Deutch (FL-22), French Hill (AR-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Rick Nolan (MN-06), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Kevin Yoder (KS-03).

Westerman was recently named a co-chair of the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. Brownley is the Caucus’ other co-chair. In the 114th Congress, Westerman co-sponsored H.R. 3033, the READ Act, which authorizes multi-directorate, merit-reviewed, and competitively awarded dyslexia research projects using funds appropriated for the National Science Foundation Research and Related Activities account and the Education and Human Resources Directorate. The legislation was signed into law February 18, 2016.