Support Bill 149 2019: An Act to proclaim Dyslexia Awareness Month

On November 25, 2019, MPP Joel Harden introduced a private member’s bill to proclaim Dyslexia Awareness Month every October in Ontario.

MPP Harden, who is opposition disability and accessibility critic, proposed the bill after meeting with Ottawa families who shared their experiences with the lack of awareness and support for dyslexia in Ontario schools.

“We’re nowhere near full accessibility when it comes to early detection and early supports for children with dyslexia,” Harden said. “Ontario must keep its obligation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to make the province fully accessible by 2025. We want to build a society where everyone, regardless of disability of learning difference, has the ability to be themselves, and that requires government support.”

Thank you to Joel Harden for introducing this historic bill.

Please help get the bill passed by contacting your MPP and asking for their support. Find out how a bill becomes a law in Ontario.

Families and advocates from Decoding Dyslexia Ontario, the International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch and Dyslexia Canada participated in the press conference at Queen’s Park and attended the first reading of the bill in the legislature.

Track the progress of Bill 149 2019: An Act to proclaim Dyslexia Awareness Month at the link below:

Download the pdf of Bill 149 2019 here:

Read the press release