2012 Dyslexia Walk held in Oriskany

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - When you think of Dyslexia, you may think of someone reversing letters or words, but it's much more than that.

That was one message today at the 2012 Dyslexia Walk held outside the Children's Dyslexia Center Central New York on the Eastern Star Campus in Oriskany.

Children's Dyslexia Center Director Linda Martin says dyslexia is never cured. She said, "So what we do is give the kids the tools they need to deal with this he rest of their life."

This walk raises the funding for programs put on by the Center.

Walk Chairperson Craig Cobb says those programs really work and get kids on track for the rest of their life. There's many, many people who go through life, never realizing that they have dyslexia, they think they have some type of learning disability, they never received any help and here we're starting to identify a way these children can be helped and turned into more productive and happier adults, he said.

Martin says the signs of dyslexia begin in early childhood. She said, "things are never quite right when they're reading, and so they're always struggling. They memorize a lot, many children do fairly well until they hit 5th, 6th grade, when things are more independent and they have to read on their own and they're not getting it, and there's a lot more reading, and things just begin to fall apart for them."

Martin says with the programs at the Children's Dyslexia Center Central New York, hopefully for many of those young people, things won't fall apart.

Martin says kids usually go through a full two years of help at the Dyslexia Center, and there is a waiting list to get in.

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