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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
International Dyslexia Association Georgia


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 primarily through the Dyslexia Dash 5K enables IDA-GA to provide scholarships for Structured Literacy training. Please plan to join us on for the 2020 Dyslexia Dash.

The 2020 Dyslexia Dash – Register Now.

This Year the Dyslexia Dash is a Virtual Race.

Put on your running shoes and support Dyslexia – GA.  As a virtual race, the Dyslexia Dash can be run on a course of your choosing and whenever is convenient for you. You can post your times to the Dyslexia Dash website once you complete the race. More details are on the Registration Page.  Funds are used for teacher scholarships, grants to institutions, and outreach programs in Georgia.

For information on being a sponsor, click here.

To register to run, click here.

To create a fundraising page or to donate, click here.


Annual IDA Conference – November 13-14, 2020

Registration for the Annual IDA Conference is now open.  This year the conference will be virtual.
For information about the conference and to register, click here

The IDA community understands all too well the burden this crisis has placed on families and teachers with its disruption of income, quarantine, and other challenges. That’s why we have established a national relief fund to help those hit the hardest by providing the following:



  1. Computers, laptops, or tablets (for remote learning) for those who can’t afford them,

  2. Educational software and other required learning tools,

  3. Tutorial stipends for students who need one-on-one learning assistance, and

  4. Family advocate stipends for those in need of special education advocacy services.

Now is the time to unite and serve the many families feeling hopeless. They only want the best for their children. Let’s not turn any of them away. The International Dyslexia Association needs your help to reignite this program!

Make a Donation to IDA COVID-19 Relief Fund

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)

2020 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

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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