Mississippi's first lady speaks at William Carey's Dyslexia Awareness Event

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi's First Lady, Deborah Bryant, spoke at William Carey's Dyslexia Awareness event Friday. The goal of the event was to properly educate the public about dyslexia.

According to the International Dyselxia Association (IDA) it is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities.

IDA said it typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction, and secondary consequences which may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Bryant spoke of her support of those with dyslexia. She said dyslexia is a learning disability her family faces. Bryant continued, "With Phil I did not even know he was dyslexic and it is funny."

Bryant added, "I've been married to him for 39 years and up to 35 years I had no idea that he was dyslexic." She said there is no stigma with have dyslexia and told the public its not a limitation.

"The Governor is dyslexic, that shows you there is no limit to success" she said.

At the event was the 3-D School which caters to kids who have dyslexia. Teacher and Dyslexia Therapist Ashley Katebranch said the school wants to educate the public more about dyslexia.

"For so long people just did not know, they just thought, 'oh this kid cannot read, they are just a little bit slower'" said Katebranch.

Katebranch added, "A lot of kids just did not get the help that they needed."

Dr. Regina Gooden, a Dyslexia Researcher said more than 1 million first grades are dyslexic. "It is such a misunderstood reading disorder."

"Students have trouble with phonetic awareness, phonology, which causes trouble with decoding" said Dr. Gooden.

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