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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 affecting up to 20% of the U.S. population and their families and the communities that support them. Our goal is to provide essential research-based information about assessment, diagnosis, resources, and appropriate educational intervention. To increase public awareness and remediation of dyslexia, we offer an information and referral hotline, a branch website, monthly e-news updates, free community outreach events, the Dyslexia Dash 5K, professional education conferences and webinars, and information about teacher training workshops and courses.

Whether you are an individual with dyslexia, a parent, a professional, or someone 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!

Stacey Levy
President
International Dyslexia Association Georgia


Call for Speaker Proposals closes March 4

Submit your proposal HERE

Submissions will be evaluated using the following rubric:
1. Topic and theme are relevant to the conference.
2. The presentation is aligned with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards.
3. The presentation is aligned with IDA’s mission.
4. The presentation is relevant to current issues in the field of dyslexia or other reading disabilities.
5. Learning outcomes are clearly defined.
6. There is evidence that the presentation is based on scientific research.

Questions? 


IDA-GA Conference & Dyslexia Dash Sponsorship Opportunities

Double Platinum Sponsorship Registration – Open February Only: Limited to 6 sponsorships  SOLD OUT

Click here to access links to the sponsor websites. 

On March 1, the other sponsorship levels for the Annual IDA-GA Conference and Dyslexia Dash open. Click HERE to view the Sponsorship Packet. We are offering new sponsorship opportunities in 2024. Also, we are limiting the number of sponsor tables to 16. Because we have already received 6 Double Platinum sponsorships, ten tables left will be available when registration opens on 3/1/24. We are limiting the number so that all exhibitor tables can be placed in high-traffic areas for maximum visibility. 

Early Bird Conference Registration opens on or around April 15.   SCHOOL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS:  The school raffle is open until March 31, 2024. Principals, Assistant Principals, Literacy Coaches submit the school’s application. Details and link to registration here. Drawing for the ten winning schools April 1, 2024. Each winning school is invited to submit the names of 5 teachers who will each receive a complimentary registration to the conference. 


2024 IDA Georgia Scholarships & Grants
Next Grant Deadline: March 1

Let us help! APPLY NOW! 

One of the main goals of the International Dyslexia Association Georgia (IDA Georgia) is to promote evidence-based literacy instruction for teachers. We believe that training teachers will have the greatest impact on students who struggle to learn how to read in Georgia. To facilitate this goal, a Teacher Scholarship Program has been established to provide support to teachers to help offset the personal costs of such training. We fund individual teachers and not schools or school districts with our program. Our scholarship is designed for teachers in public or private schools to provide structured literacy instruction to students at no cost in their own school setting. The scholarship program at this time is not intended to train tutors. Read more: https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/scholarship-guidelines/
Check the schedule for deadlines.
 
Grants for teacher trainers are also available this year. We are offering funding for teacher trainers who are employed at a USG College of Education and/or a Georgia PSC-approved Dyslexia Endorsement program. This funding will provide professional educational opportunities to teacher trainers to address the need for remediation of dyslexia, other reading disorders, or struggling readers. Read more at https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/grants/
Next Deadline Mar. 1

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

Save the Date for October 19, 2024, our in-person Dyslexia Dash day! You and your family and friends who cannot join us in person on Dash Day can register as a virtual runner or gather together as a group of virtual runners on any day leading up to October 19.  More information: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/DyslexiaDash
 
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT:  “…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…”

Structured Literacy: An Introductory Guide

The IDA-GA Scholarship Program aims 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.

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. 


Ryan Sias – Author, Illustrator, Animation Artist, Teacher, and Adult with Dyslexia

At our September 26 event, board members and attendees chatted with Ryan Sias about his fascinating career and his dyslexia. Learn more about Ryan Sias and this kickoff event: https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/event/kickoff-event-9-26-2023/

Watch the Recording

Ryan also joined us in the Kids’ Zone at the Dyslexia Dash. Ryan is a professional artist and arts educator with experience working with Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, and Disney. He has authored and illustrated 10 books. Ryan (who is dyslexic) aims to boost self-esteem and create transformative experiences for all kids. Ryan now lives in Georgia and is eager to get involved in the Georgia communities. Find him on YouTube at Ryan Sias’s Drawing fun.
 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Rock For Dyslexia Contest winners, Caroline S. and Taylor!

#dyslexiayouarenotalone
More information: https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/event/rock-for-dyslexia-contest-2023/

 


IDA-GA Teen Board Member Completes Service Project for IDA-GA, Receives Gold Award, and is Interviewed by Atlanta Parent Magazine

Read the 2023 Interview of the Interviewer: https://www.atlantaparent.com/living-with-dyslexia-a-students-perspective/

CONGRATULATIONS to 2022 IDA-GA Teen Board Member Kahmara Landrum who was awarded the prestigious Gold Award from the Girls Scouts of America for her “Thinking Differently: An Inside Look on Dyslexia” project. The video series features interviews with students and adults with dyslexia, parents, teachers, and specialists. Each interview (below) sheds light on life with dyslexia and provides tips for others who may be struggling or starting their own journey.

Thank you, Kahmara, for your dedication to working with IDA-GA throughout your senior year of high school and from that hard work, producing a truly valuable resource for IDA-GA to offer to the public. 

Watch the interviews: https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/thinking-differently-with-kahmara/


Parent-to-Parent: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

The Atlanta Parent Magazine also interviewed seasoned parents for their tips for new parents. 

Parent-to-Parent: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me


The Teen Board Members are available to answer questions

The mission of the IDA-GA Teen Board is to connect with Georgia students who have dyslexia and provide support and assistance to them during their school years.  Do you have questions for our Teen Board Members? Fill out this CONTACT US form.


2023 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Webinar Series

And that’s a wrap for the IDA-GA/TRL-GA 2023 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Webinar Series. The good news is that all of our presenters so graciously allowed us to record the webinars so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to watch and learn. Keeping in mind structured literacy refers to both the content and methods or principles of instruction, in this 4-part series, our speakers discuss both how to most effectively instruct reading based on the science of instruction AND what content to instruct to ensure students become competent readers and writers.
 
Access the links to the recordings and materials at https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/2023spotlightsl/

Youth Workforce Program

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is pleased to announce our new Youth Workforce Program.  The initiative, developed by IDA in partnership with the Synchrony Foundation, helps to prepare high school juniors, seniors, and college students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities to successfully enter the workforce or higher education.  This program, which is free to participants, will provide both workshops and hands-on, transition skills training, and is geared towards youth between the ages of 14 –20.  

Youth Workforce Program Information and Application


What is MOST Important in Early Instruction?

In this overview, learn how early literacy benefits from both print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction, creating connections in the brain that link new knowledge about the alphabet to what children already know and are continuously learning about words.

The authors of this article are a group of researchers and practitioners who are looking to end the divisiveness of the “reading wars” — and help children learn to read and write with competence and pleasure. See the list of contributing editors as well as the 25 nationally recognized colleagues who support this effort.

Read the consensus article by the “Reading Peaceniks” published on Readingrockets.org on Dec. 15, 2022.


What is a Phoneme?

IDA has a new Fact Sheet published Summer 2022. Read “Building Phoneme Awareness: Know What Matters” here.  Have some fun with phonemes and word play here: https://ga.dyslexiaida.org/word-play/


Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better. Watch Anita Archer’s summarizing thoughts from the 2022 PaTTAN Symposium.

Submit your artwork!

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) highlights the artistic talents of students AND ADULTS with dyslexia and other related learning disabilities throughout the year at IDA’s home office and in various IDA publications. Encourage the artist you know to submit their artwork to IDA to be considered for the cover of IDA’s Perspectives magazine or other IDA publications.

Simply fill out this short contact form, sign the waiver, and attach it and a clear photo of the artwork to an email sent to Denise Douce at ddouce@dyslexiaida.org.

If you are a resident of Georgia, please also send your artwork to info@idaga.org. The artwork featured on the 2019 Summer issue of Perspectives was submitted by Riley Schutt of Milton, GA.

To view her artwork as well as other artwork published on the cover of previous issues of Perspectives, click HERE.


2022 IDA-GA/TRL-GA Spotlight on Structured Literacy Webinar Series

January 19Recording Now Available

February 9 – Recording and Slides Now Available

March 2 – Recording and Slides Now Available

April 27 – Recording and Slides Now Available 


Updates and Next Steps – GaDOE State Dyslexia Committee Meeting

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the GaDOE Dyslexia Team provided updates and next steps surrounding the Committee’s work. More information, including the link to the recording, can be found here


IDA Community Outreach

Please click on the events listed on our calendar for more information about our free outreach events. We hope to keep you informed of the many resources available from IDA and other trusted sources. In 2020, IDA compiled the Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities Resource Guide For Families and TeachersLearn 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


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

New 2022 Baseball Hats for Sale! Until Everyone Can Read!

Wear your support! “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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