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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 dyslexic, 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

 


NEW  1/9/2021
Georgia Department of Early Learning Announces the SOLVE (SUPPORTING ONSITE LEARNING FOR VIRTUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM) Grant
  • SOLVE will provide financial assistance to qualifying families in the form of a “SOLVE Scholarship.”
  • Scholarships are awarded to families who meet income and approved activity requirements and have children or young adults aged 5-12, or up to age 22 for students with qualifying disabilities, enrolled in a school system primarily providing virtual learning, where 50% or more of classroom instruction is virtual for all grade levels kindergarten through 7th.
  • SOLVE Scholarships can be used at licensed child care learning centers, family child care learning homes, and providers with an approved day camp exemption. Other types of providers may be approved for students with a qualifying disability.
  • The Scholarship will be good for three months but may be extended if the school system continues to offer a primarily virtual learning model.

Find out more: https://www.decal.ga.gov/CAPS/Solve.aspx


IDA-GA provides information about courses and workshops so that Georgia educators, administrators, and parents will know about the many opportunities to learn about struggling learners and components of structured literacy. Funds raised through the Dyslexia Dash 5K enable IDA-GA to provide grants to institutions and scholarships for Structured Literacy training.  The 2020 Dyslexia Dash ended on November 1, 2020.  Thank you for your participation! Save the date for the 2021 Dyslexia Dash at Perimeter Mall on October 16.


The RESCUE Project

CLICK HERE for more information.

The goal of the NSF-funded R.E.S.C.U.E. project is to examine the extent of the detrimental impact of the school closure on learning to read, and the degree to which a digital game-based reading instruction can rescue the expected “Coronavirus Slide”. This includes four core components:

  • To offer a state-of-the-art researcher-developed reading instructional tool to teachers and their K-1 students
  • To find out the impact of the COVID slide
  • To see if EdTech (GraphoLearn) can reduce or prevent the COVID slide
  • To find out how we can deliver successful remote learning tools through EdTech (GraphoLearn)

2021 Outreach

Due to Georgia’s stay-at-home orders, IDA-GA will not be hosting in-person outreach meetings over the next few months.  However,  we are working on other free outreach initiatives. 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


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.

 

 

 


IDA-GA Teacher Training Scholarships and Grants

“…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.

CLICK HERE for scholarship details and to apply.

CLICK HERE for grant details and to apply.


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.


IDA-GA Invests in Georgia with a Grant Giving Program

IDA-GA is awarding grants to qualified applicants twice a year beginning in 2019. Current grants are available up to $10,000 each for programs that further Structured Literacy teacher training and/or expand public awareness of dyslexia. Application deadlines for grants are March 1 and September 1.

CLICK HERE for all the details and how to apply.


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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