Scene Around Town: Franklin PD Honors Dyslexia Awareness Day

On Thursday, Oct 15, Franklin Police headquarters was lit up red in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Day worldwide.

Many cities in Tennessee and around the country are lighting up one local landmark in red lights to bring awareness. The idea for the campaign, “Light it Up Red,” came from a mother of a child with dyslexia in Alabama. Click here to read the story. These red lights will be on at night until the end of October.Franklin Police Honor Dyslexia Awareness Day

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people to some degree. It is a specific language disorder that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, and poor spelling and decoding abilities.

However, dyslexia does not affect intelligence, and many people with dyslexia have above average IQ. Dyslexia can be addressed by early intervention with research proven, multi-sensory reading/spelling programs outlined by the International Dyslexia Association.

Many famous and successful people have dyslexia such as Steve Jobs, Whoopie Goldberg, Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, Barbara Cocharan (Shark Tank), John Chambers (CEO Cisco Systems), and Paul Orfalea (CEO/Founder of Kinkos).

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