City of Katy Proclaims October National Dyslexia Awareness Month


October 16, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy Mayor Bill Hastings proclaimed that Katy would join the nation in recognizing October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month at this week's City Council meeting. The City of Katy presented the declaration to The Dyslexia Initiative, a non-profit organization that educates and supports families of children with dyslexia.

Stats Show Dyslexics are Not Alone

Nearly 70% of children who struggle with reading are dyslexic yet it's still a struggle to get proper diagnosis and quick services.

"In the beginning of my journey, I felt isolated and alone, groping in the dark, and I hated it," says Ashley Roberts, one of the founding members of Dyslexia Initiative.

Dyslexia Initiative was created to bring parents together who are fighting for their dyslexic children’s educational and emotional rights within the system.

"We want to ensure our children reach their maximum potential by enabling them to reach their academic and social potential," says Roberts.

An Important Proclamation for Parents of Dyslexic Children

For Katy Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, Chris Harris, the proclamation was personal.

"I'm very happy that Mayor Hastings has proclaimed October Dyslexic Awareness Month in the City of Katy. As a parent of a dyslexic child, it is important to raise awareness and support those in the community with dyslexia," says Harris.

Mother and Author Offers Support, Knowledge

Author Elaine Mellon became an expert on the subject as she learned and navigated dyslexia through her son.

"Schools often treat dyslexia as a disability," says Mellon. "Dyslexia is not a disability. These children just learn differently and often times don't do well when they are expected to follow a specific mold."