Muskingum University education students are racing to support dyslexia awareness on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the 2021 Dyslexia Dash Virtual 5K Run/Walk.
“We encourage everyone to walk with us to show an overwhelming support of literacy,” said Jolie Black, a senior early childhood/special education major. “So many young students struggle with reading, and this is a just fun way to come together as a community to say we want to make a difference.”
This untimed virtual 5K run/walk begins at 4 p.m. on the Quad. All are invited to walk a lap or more in support of literacy. For those interested in officially registering for the race, please join as a member of the University team, Ohio Muskies for Literacy, under the Dyslexia Dash event on ga.dyslexiaida.org. Registration includes a commemorative t-shirt, race bag, and more – with all donations benefitting the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and Ohio IDA branch efforts in supporting individuals with dyslexia and the teachers, families, and communities that support them.
“Dyslexia affects up to 20 percent of the U.S. population, representing 80 percent of all learning disabilities,” said Muskingum University Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Laura Reed. “Learning to read is not a simple process. Our teacher candidates have embraced learning about effective literacy instruction for students across varied stages of reading development. I am excited to see their enthusiasm for this walk and their commitment toward their future practices.”
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Presented by the IDA Georgia branch, the 2021 Dyslexia Dash at Muskingum University will help support the continued work of the IDA and the professional development efforts of the IDA Ohio branches. The IDA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization devoted to education and advocacy surrounding dyslexia. Through their participation, Muskingum students are demonstrating their commitment to advancing the knowledge, skills, and instructional practices necessary for effective literacy instruction in today’s classrooms.