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).


Event: TECHNOLOGY & DYSLEXIA for parents and educators.

  • When: Wednesday, May 25th 6-8pmunnamed
  • Where: Hera Hub – 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd Suite 400
  • Presenters: Missy Hunsaker, Margaret Sheftic, and Bailey Quon
  • Bring: iPad with the following apps downloaded: uCowriter, eBackpack/ uAnnotating App, Explain uEverything, Grammarly, uNearpod, Notability, uRead2Go, & SchoolKit uMath.

Apps and Processes to Successfully Integrate Technology for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities at the Elementary Level

Looking for the best apps and processes to use with any of your students experiencing dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia? This session will focus on bridging the gap for special education students with the use of technology. Presenters will share case studies and positive outcomes of specific elementary students using technology. Witness the transformation of struggling students into independent, successful learners! This interactive session is for all iPad skill levels.

Strategies to Successfully Integrate Technology for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities with Middle School Students

Increase student independence and metacognition with strategy based learning in concert with assistive technology. Presenters will share case studies highlighting the application of technology to problem solve. We will highlight their journey to autonomy using the iPad to level the playing field and allow learners to accomplish grade level material. We’ll have a number of loaners available for use.

Register Here

DyslexiaSD.org Event Page


TeamQuest still seeking supporters

SDIDA’s TeamQuest is training and needs your support to reach their goals of raising funds and awareness for IDA. Please consider donating to the individuals below running the Rock n Roll Half/Full Marathon this spring. Your fundraising efforts enable the IDA to help create a better future for every child and adult who struggles with dyslexia and other reading difficulties… because reading changes lives! Our goal is that all stakeholders will realize their full potential and advance our destiny. We focus on educating parents, teachers and professionals about dyslexia, assuring that structured literacy is embedded in educator training and providing the opportunity for all people to learn to read.

IDA is the authoritative source of current information about dyslexia and other reading challenges. We work every day to respond immediately to people at their point of need with information or referral to available and accessible resources.
We articulate with impatience and clarity that reading is a civil right. We are committed to educating the general public about the economic impact of learning differences and other negative impacts of dyslexia on society.

Help us two ways:

  1.  Click on any (or all) of the links below and donate as much as you are able. IDA is a 501c3, so the donation is tax deductible.
  2.  Share this email, or the links, with all of your contacts, and ask them to contribute as well.



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!