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Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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OK Recognizes October as Dyslexia Awareness Month

Posted by Payne Education Center on 09/26/2014

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, with encouragement by Decoding Dyslexia-Oklahoma, signed a proclamation declaring October 2014 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Oklahoma.

Text of the proclamation reads as follows: 

Whereas, dyslexia is defined as a difficulty in reading, spelling, and writing that affects one in five people regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status; and

Whereas, dyslexia is a genetic, neurological and specific learning disability with symptoms that include delay in spoken language development, difficulties with concepts of sequence, time, and space, and problems learning to read fluently and comprehending text accurately despite normal intelligence; and

Whereas, literacy for all is an important goal for Oklahomans and dyslexia creates unique challenges for this seeking to keep up with an age appropriate curriculum; and

Whereas, children with dyslexia, who are identified early and provided with evidence based reading intervention by first grade, will have significantly fewer difficulties learning to read that their grade level than those who do not receive assistance until the third grade of later; and

Whereas, proper support from family and teachers will greatly increase a child’s self-esteem, confidence, and academic success; however, it is never too late for adults with dyslexia to learn to read and process and express information more effectively; and

Whereas, in an effort to help dyslexic individuals achieve their fullest potential, we encourage community organizations, such as Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma, to share their knowledge and experience in order to increase public awareness and work toward solutions to the problems surrounding dyslexia;

Now, therefore, I, Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in the state of Oklahoma.