October is a busy month for awareness. It is Domestic Violence Awareness month, Breast Cancer Awareness month, Dental Awareness month and also Dyslexia Awareness month. For the month of October we’ll be hearing from some GFWC Florida members each week so you can put a face with the awareness.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The National Race for the Cure
Breast Cancer Today
Susan G. Komen 3 D
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
October is national Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Awareness and education is where prevention begins. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.
Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is the time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims and survivors of domestic violence. Call 800-799-7233 or chat with an advocate on our website at www.thehotline.org.
Kathleen Hudson, GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia is so much more than backwards letters and switching “d’s” and “b’s” or “p’s” and “q’s”. Dyslexics have trouble reading but it is because they rarely have that internal dialogue that occurs when you and I read. In our minds (quite literally) when we read, we hear the voice of the characters and our imagination is setting the scene as we read. For those with dyslexia, it is quite the opposite. Dyslexics describe the “work” of reading. For them, reading is akin to physical labor because their minds are seeing a word and decoding it which causes their brains to have to “work” at the decoding. On Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a stark, physical difference is seen on the imaging of the brain with those with dyslexia. Dyslexics struggle in school (along with their parents) because the basis of school anymore is reading to grade level. Unfortunately, few teachers anymore are trained to identify dyslexics and in some instances, teachers and guidance counselors are discouraged from even saying the word. It is estimated that 1 in 4 kids have some form of dyslexia, a staggering number considering what is not being done to identify these children in school.
But that’s the downside of dyslexia. The upside of dyslexia is that dyslexic are extraordinarily gifted in other areas. Although their unique brain architecture and “unusual wiring” make reading, writing, and spelling difficult, most people with dyslexia have gifts in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. The right side controls: artistic skill, athletic ability, musical ability, mechanical ability, people skills, 3-D visual-spatial skills, vivid imagination, intuition, creative, global thinking, curiosity.
In short, its important to get kids not just extra help, but the correct help. There are specialized tutors that will work with your child’s strengths to help them read better and learn how to use their special mind.
Jennifer Hawkins, GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach