The San Diego Branch of IDA attracts and provides professional expertise that supports parents, teachers, students, and others who are affected by dyslexia. The Branch raises awareness about dyslexia, offers training and technical assistance to the community, and makes appropriate service referrals. The Branch also serves as a point of connectivity that creates greater support for those who are affected by learning challenges.

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What is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This Definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Upcoming Event: Perspectives on Dyslexia! Conference

Friday, October 9, 2015 - Saturday, October 10, 2015 – All Day / Unspecified

Register Now for the San Diego IDA Conference, Perspectives on Dyslexia!

October 9th and 10th at USD’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. To Register Click here On Friday night, October 9th, we will be hosting An Evening with Barbara A. Wilson! There will be cocktails, appetizers, dessert, a silent auction, and an amazing presentation from Barbara A. Wilson, M.Ed., founder and director of Wilson Learning Systems. This exclusive event is sure to sell out quickly, so reserve your spot now. On Saturday, October 10th, there will be a full lineup of workshops and lectures featuring experts in the field of dyslexia from near and far. We are pleased to present two renowned keynote speakers: Barbara A. Wilson, M.Ed. (Wilson Language Training) and Chris Woodin, M.Ed. (Math Expert, Landmark School) There will be workshops for professionals, teachers, and parents!

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In The News: One San Diego Mother’s Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Matthew Bowler

Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability.

Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son.

Ten year-old Zachary White is in the fifth grade. He sits in his tutor’s classroom and reads aloud from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“One of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak and will never amount to anything,” he reads.

Today, Zachary can read at his grade level, but that took years of work. Zachary is dyslexic.

Continue Reading at KPBS

In the News: Children With Dyslexia Can Succeed in School

By Erinn Hutkins Special to U-T San Diego OCT. 7 2014

It’s the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed.

It’s dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities.

If left undetected, it can lead to frustration with school or low self-esteem. And while there’s no “cure” for the condition, there are treatments that can allow those who have it to function as well others.

Continue Reading at Union Tribune San Diego

San Diego Branch of IDA Launches “Light Up Literacy” Fundraising Campaign

By: Christa Eilers

The San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association recently launched its 2014-2015 fundraising campaign:  “Light Up Literacy.”  The campaign provides the following two unique opportunities to support the organization, help those with dyslexia, and build businesses’ exposure in the community:

  •  Sponsor SD/IDA’s biggest event of the year–the Social Event at the IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference. The event will take place at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center on Thursday, November 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is expected to draw over 200 attendees.
  • Become a Business Member of the “Dyslexia Discount Card” Program–a card offering annual, mutually agreed upon savings to San Diego residents who have purchased the card.

Businesses becoming Social Event Sponsors or Business Members will receive certain of the following advertising, depending on the level of their support:

  • Business name or logo featured on SD/IDA marketing materials for the November 2014 IDA national conference.
  • Business information featured on SD/IDA newsletters reaching all members and affiliates.
  • Business name listed as donor on SD/IDA website throughout the year.
  • Business contact information and website link listed on SD/IDA website.
  • Business logo positioned to SD/IDA website.
  • Plaque identifying SD/IDA sponsorship for display.
  • Business name/logo displayed on banner at the 2014 IDA national conference.

For more information on becoming a Social Event Sponsor or a Business Member, contact SD/IDA at fundraising@dyslexiasd.org or (619) 295-3722. And, thank you, for helping us Light Up Literacy!