Sept. 17, 2010
Contact: Tom Tozer, 615-898-2919
Janet Camp, 615-896-5987
Dyslexia forum set to raise awareness for parents, teachers
MURFREESBORO—A free information forum will be held on the subject of dyslexia on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 6:25 to 8 p.m. in the Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro. The session is especially targeted to teachers, parents and others who have an interest in this reading disability that afflicts 15 percent of the population.
A panel composed of local teachers and school psychologists, as well as staff from MTSU’s psychology department and Tennessee Center for Study and Treatment of Dyslexia will provide valuable information and answer questions. Participants will also receive literature.
The event, promoting October as Dyslexia Awareness Month, is being sponsored by the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Linebaugh Library, Read to Succeed, and the MTSU dyslexia center. Free parking will be available in the garage under the library at 105 W. Vine Street.
Research shows that a person with dyslexia has at least average intelligence and good language comprehension skills; however, he or she needs help in reading, spelling and putting thoughts in writing. Dyslexia is inherited and can be mild or severe. Using the 15 percent figure, approximately 7,000 of the 46,200 students in Rutherford County and the City of Murfreesboro schools have some form of the disorder.
For more information about the forum, contact Janet Camp at 615-896-5987. Visit http://dyslexia.mtsu.edu and www.tnida.org.