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Red lights used for Dyslexia Awareness Day

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WQOW) -

As darkness comes earlier and earlier, a group hopes to see more red to raise awareness for a disorder that's more common than many people think.

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin said across the nation, 20 percent of people are affected by dyslexia; that's as many as one in five Americans.

October is dedicated to raising awareness for the disability, and Saturday has been declared Dyslexia Day.  The organization is asking the community to light up the outside of homes and businesses with a red light bulb and to wear red in order to shoe support to those who deal with dyslexia every day.

"It helps for individuals who are struggling to know that they're not alone, that there are other people out there who struggle with dyslexia as well.  But it doesn't have to be a struggle, it can also be a celebration of success," said Director of the Children's Dyslexia Center Tammy Tillotson.

Red light bulbs can be purchased at the downtown dyslexia center.  All proceeds will go directly in to student services, such as tutoring and after school help.

The organization will also be hosting a fundraiser on October 21 called Steppin' Up for Dyslexia.  Details about that event are posted on the center's website.

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