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The International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch is here to serve the needs of families, educators, and professionals concerned with struggling readers. IDA Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals living with dyslexia, a learning difference that affects up to 20% of the U.S. population, as well as their families and the communities that support them. Our goal is to provide essential evidence-based research information about assessment, diagnosis, resources, and appropriate educational intervention. We offer information and referral, community outreach events, professional education conferences, and teacher training opportunities to increase public awareness and remediation of dyslexia.

Whether you are an individual with dyslexia, a parent, a professional, or someone who is interested in learning more and being a part of the growing demand for change, we hope you will find inspiration and guidance here.  We welcome you to contact us for additional information – until everyone can read!

Renee Bernhardt
President
International Dyslexia Association Georgia

See the details and deadlines for the 50/50 Dash Raffle, Instagram Dash Photo Contest, and registration:
https://conta.cc/3v4i2Fj. Wednesday, October 13 is the LAST DAY to register to join us in person or virtually: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/DyslexiaDash
 
Don’t care to run/walk but want to help? Consider signing up to volunteer!

Enter the Dyslexia Dash Contests!

Visit the Dyslexia Dash online store where you can buy extra Dash t-shirts and $5 raffle tickets for the 50/50 drawing: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/DyslexiaDash.
 
Each raffle ticket bought means a chance to win 50% of the total amount raised! 50% of the $ collected will go towards the IDA-GA outreach initiatives and scholarships and grants funds and the remaining 50% could go to YOU!
 
The winner will receive a check in the mail after the race for their share of the winnings.


The Dyslexia Dash raises funds for IDA-GA Grants and Scholarships

“…even the most competent teacher cannot be successful in teaching reading, especially to children who are at risk or struggling with literacy, if provided with inadequate instructional contexts or inappropriate instructional materials and approaches…”

CLICK HERE to read IDA’s 2019 Educator Training Initiative Brief Structured Literacy: An Introductory Guide.

The goal of the IDA-GA Scholarship Program is to offer scholarships for individuals taking courses in structured literacy professional education methodologies that provide an understanding of evidence-based best practices for educating students with dyslexia.

Thank you to the teachers, schools, and organizations who submitted their application by September 1. IDA-GA is in the process of contacting those who were awarded a scholarship or grant. Congratulations! We at IDA-GA appreciate the commitment to learning about the science of reading and how to implement the components of Structured Literacy in the classroom.


2021 Outreach

IDA-GA will not be hosting in-person outreach meetings over the next few months.  However,  we are working on other free outreach initiatives. Please click on the events listed on our calendar for more information. We hope to keep you informed of the many resources available from IDA and other trusted sources. IDA has compiled the Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities Resource Guide For Families and Teachers Affected by COVID-19. Learn more and download the guide for FREE at bit.ly/IDAGuide

 


Georgia State University – Investigating How the Brain Works When We Read

GSU Seeking Volunteers for Reading Research


Dyslexia Dash 2021 – October 16, 2021

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Funds raised through the Dyslexia Dash 5K enable IDA-GA to provide grants to institutions and scholarships for Structured Literacy trainingMark your calendars!  Polish off your racing shoes.  The 2021 Dyslexia Dash is scheduled for Perimeter Mall on October 16.

This year participants can sign up to run in-person on October 16 or run a virtual race anytime before or on October 16.

If you wish more information about the Dash our would like to register click here

If you wish information about being a sponsor for the race click here

In-Person Events.

  • There will be three races at the Perimeter Mall.  A timed 5K walk/run, an untimed 5K walk/run, and a 1-mile kids run for athletes with big hearts but small legs.
  • The time 5K run is a Peachtree Qualifying run.
  • Every participant gets a Dyslexia Dash T-shirt and a participant medal.
  • At the race, there will be a kids’ play area, a disc jockey, and sponsor tents.

Virtual Race

  • Virtual Race can be run anytime after you register
  • Participants can log their times into the Dyslexia Dash website on October 16
  • All Virtual Race participants will have a swag back with their T-shirt and participant medal mailed to them.

Assistance for Georgia Families and Schools 2020-2021

As a part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding allocated to Georgia through the CARES Act and in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the GA SOLVE Program was established. The purpose of SOLVE is to provide scholarships for families with students enrolled in a Georgia public school, state charter commission school, or locally approved charter school that offers primarily virtual learning.
 
GA SOLVE offers scholarships to support working families with children and young adults ages 5-12 (kindergarten through grade 7), or up to age 22 for students with qualifying disabilities, by paying for care, supervision, and support during the school day while students are engaged in virtual learning.
 

The video recordings for the 2021 IDA-GA Dyslexia Knowledge Series are now available! Click HERE.

It is with the continued support of our sponsors that we are able to offer not only scholarship and grant opportunities but also events like this that are free and open to all those interested in learning more about dyslexia and effective interventions.


February 23 was Dyslexia Day 2021

Visit the Decoding Dyslexia GA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/decodingdyslexiaga/ to learn about the day’s events.

Check out these videos created for Dyslexia Day 2021:

  • Dyslexia Is My Superpower, a poem written for Dyslexia Day 2021, is performed by students from across the state of Georgia: https://fb.watch/3QYPQZUqLH/

GA DOE’s Dyslexia Informational Handbook

Gov. Kemp Signed Dyslexia Bill SB48 into Law on May 2, 2019. Watch this historic moment. CLICK HERE for more information. The Georgia Department of Education released the Dyslexia Informational Handbook: Guidance for Local School Systems on November 22, 2019.


How IDA-GA Invests Your Membership and Donation Dollars

The following are ways that IDA-GA invests back into the community membership fees, donations, and funds raised via events such as Dyslexia Dash:

  • Provide free Educational Outreach Meetings for both teachers and parents
  • Provide Scholarships and Grants to expand capabilities for structured literacy training
  • Provide Resources, Information, and Support to parents and teachers

Caps for Sale! Until Everyone Can Read!

Wear your support!  Best selling 100% cotton twill, garment washed, 6 panel, unstructured with hook and loop velcro closing.  Classic mid-to-low cap profile with one size fits all.  “Until Everyone Can Read” on front of cap, IDA logo on left side. $24.95 including shipping.

To order, CLICK HERE.


Raising Awareness of Dyslexia

IDA-GA joined forces with Atlanta Parents magazine to raise awareness about Dyslexia.  The Article gives information to parents to help detect Dyslexia in their child and steps to be taken to become a successful advocate for your Dyslexic child.

Read the full article that appeared in the October issue of Atlanta Parents magazine by clicking here.

 

 

 

 


Leading Organizations in the Field Challenge Myths about Learning Disabilities Including Dyslexia

Myths about learning disabilities rob many of their potential to succeed and contribute in school and in the workplace, according to a white paper released during Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month in October by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).


“IDA does not recommend or endorse any individual, business, school, or program.”



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