I love books and stories and reading. Reading teaches empathy and expands the readers world to consider ideas and perspectives they might not have exposure to in their life. I think everyone should read. I think everyone should be able to read. I think everyone should be taught to read. The ability to read is not instinctive and natural like spoken language. Written language needs explicit multi-sensory instruction.
There is a crisis in how reading is being taught to our children. Most teachers do not learn how to teach reading in college education programs. Special Education teachers are not taught about dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. It affects 1 in 5. The ability to read is not related to intelligence. The knowledge of reading has long been used as a gatekeeper for society and those with power to maintain control.
I am passionate about literacy. Words have manifested within my art since before I was consciously aware of it. Looking back in my work I see language everywhere. I am now aware that I am driven by the same motives as writers creating a shared experience of empathy and education. I work to move within the realm of deeper thought, reasoning, and education.
I am pushing for dyslexia awareness within my community and school district.
For more information about Dyslexia visit the International Dyslexia Association.
Understood.org is a great resource for learning disabilities of all kinds.
If you are looking for literacy resources in the Pittsburgh region, please check out Literacy Pittsburgh , they are also always looking for volunteers.
Sarah Simmons Lives and works in Moon Township Pennsylvania. Sarah is a member of Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and West Hills Art League. Sarah's work has been exhibited at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, MInnesota Center for Book Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, as well as the Renew Festival in 2016 and other venues in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Sarah holds a BFA from Edinboro University of Pensylvania in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and an AA in Studio Art of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.
Sarah is the Circulation and Customer Service Manager at Moon Township Public library, where she also creates seasonal and themed displays from discarded materials, finds too many books to read, and saves books destined for the dumpster.