Non-profit helping kids with dyslexia

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

About 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, according to the Dyslexia Center of Utah.  The leaning disability makes it difficult for the brain to process words.  If not addressed early, kids can struggle to read.  A Wichita non-profit is helping children overcome their dyslexia.

Like a lot of kids, 7-year-old Austin Collins tried hard, but had trouble learning to read.

"He just couldn't 'get it'," said Austin's mom Sarah.  "He struggled and struggled and we couldn't figure out why."

Austin's mom and dad enrolled him in the Fundamental Learning Center, which is a school that specializes in dyslexia.

"(Austin) didn't know his letters, he didn't know his letter sounds.  He ended (his first year at Fundamental Learning Center) reading, reading words, sounding out words," said Collins.

KAKEland Cares and the DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers recently awarded Fundamental Learning Center a $500 grant.

Leaders at the center say the earlier kids with dyslexia get the help they need, the sooner they'll have a solid foundation to continue learning.

"It absolutely turns their lives around," said Executive Director Jeanine Phillips.

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