Local nonprofit to host Dyslexia Awareness Event on Oct. 6

Speakers, exhibits and activities for kids will help promote a greater understanding of language-based learning disabilities during the Dyslexia Awareness Event in Tustin on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Organized by the nonprofit Dyslexia Voice to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Month, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tustin Community Center, 2961 El Camino Real.

Boy in superhero costume

The lineup of speakers is set to include dyslexic comedian and storyteller Nina G, speech and language pathologist Cathy Johnson of the Johnson Academy of Therapeutic Learning, and special education attorneys Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett. Children will also get a chance to meet “Oliver,” the dyslexic puppet.

Based in Tustin, Dyslexia Voice is dedicated to promoting awareness, action and solutions that benefit children with dyslexia. The genetic condition, believed to affect about 17 percent of the population — estimates on this vary — is associated with symptoms that can make it difficult to process words or letters, or connect letters with sounds.

“Dyslexia Voice believes that educating the public and educators on dyslexia greatly improves the academic and emotional needs of dyslexic students, which also result in happy and successful adults,” said President Lorraine Donovan.

Admission is free, but registration is required to attend the speaker series.

For more information or to register, visit the Dyslexia Voice website.