US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has issued a statement to mark October as Learning Disabilities; Dyslexia; and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Month
Addressing parents, educators and policymakers he said the awareness month is a time ‘to understand how these disabilities impact students and their families, to reflect on the significant achievements that these students have made, and to renew our commitment to creating a stronger future for them.’
‘Students who live and learn with these issues often experience challenges in school related to reading, writing, mathematics, and focus; but these students also have great strengths and enormous potential,’ he said.
‘In fact, over the last four decades, since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students with ADHD and learning disabilities such as dyslexia have graduated from high school in greater numbers, and more have gone on to college than ever before.
‘While we should celebrate these accomplishments, we also must recognise that there is more to do to ensure that students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and ADHD have every opportunity to fulfil their potential, attain higher education, and obtain good jobs at the same rates as their peers.’
Approximately 2.5 million students in the US are identified as having a specific learning disability—such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia—and as many as 6 million students are identified as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).