Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Dyslexia is a specific learning disability, defined as a difficulty in reading and reading comprehension despite normal intelligence, which affects one in five people, regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status; and

Whereas Proven methods exist that, with the support of parents, teachers and community members, assist readers in improving their fluency and comprehension; and

Whereas The Commonwealth is dedicated to improving special education outcomes for all students, including those with dyslexia; and

Whereas A proper diagnosis of dyslexia can identify those who need extra help, enabling appropriate instruction and support and facilitating success for those with dyslexia both at school and in the workplace,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013,  to be

DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
               
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                   
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth  
 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts