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The Writing Revolution Book Study
This summer, Decoding Dyslexia FL, International Dyslexia Association Florida Branch, and the Science of Reading Florida Facebook Group are joining forces to offer an interactive book study on Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler’s The Writing Revolution.
We’ll be meeting every Tuesday in July from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom.
Join IDA-FL’s Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
*Webinars will take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month through November.
More information on topics and presenters COMING SOON!
July 10 @ 11 AM
Assistive Technology Tips for Dyslexia
Presented by Katie Larew (DiDia), M. Ed., ATP, CDP
Owner @Assistive Technology Tools for Dyslexia
Have you heard about Assistive Technology, but wondered where to begin? This presentation will include an overview of Assistive Technology, built in accessibility tools, and tips to support implementing Assistive Technology.
About the Speaker
Ms. Larew is an Assistive Technology Specialist in San Diego, California and the owner of Assistive Technology Tools for Dyslexia. Her services include customized virtual training focusing on tools to support Reading, Writing, NoteTaking & Organization. She is a certified Dyslexia Practitioner through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and is on the Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association – San Diego Branch. She has worked in the field of Special Education for fourteen years. Prior to becoming an Assistive Technology Specialist, Ms. Larew worked as a Special Education teacher in both a collaborative and resource classroom in New Jersey. Her experience as a classroom teacher, Orton Gillingham – Dyslexia Practitioner and Assistive Technology Specialist have enabled her to develop an understanding of the challenges that our students face.
Click on the titles below to view our previous Lunch & Learn webinars!
Webinar #1 (April 10, 2021):
Presented by E. Judith Cohen, Ed.D.
This presentation focuses on the definition of dyslexia, characteristics of children with dyslexia, and strategies that parents (and teachers) can provide to support student learning. The definition and importance of Structured Literacy will be discussed. Links to resources provided below.
Webinar #2 (May 8, 2021):
Presented by Colleen Crooms, Ph.D., NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP
Join school psychologists and IDA-FL board members Dr. Colleen Crooms, Ph.D, NCSP and Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP as they discuss principles of Dyslexia assessment and identification. Topics will include school classification of Dyslexia vs. private diagnosis, specific skills and assessment instruments, the teacher’s role in Dyslexia evaluation, components of an evaluation, and treatment planning.
Webinar #3 (June 12, 2021):
Presented by Jan Wasowicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
We are biologically wired for oral language, but not for reading and writing. Learn how you can leverage the brain’s organization for the sounds of spoken language to more effectively teach reading and writing. We’ll examine the linguistic underpinnings of word-level reading and writing and explore practical ideas for speech-to-print multi-linguistic instruction, including how to set up and use a sound wall in your classroom.
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Dyslexia Awareness Month Gets State and National Recognition
By joining our organization, you will be in the company of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and those that support them. Your membership will not only give you exclusive access to this extraordinary community but will also help support Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training required to help thousands of children in the years to come.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the IDA!
Vision: ALL students in Florida will receive Structured Literacy instruction, provided by effective teachers, who understand the Science of Reading.
Mission: IDA-FL will be the state leader in the awareness and dissemination of current knowledge, research, and resources regarding dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities. We will provide guidance, based on the Science of Reading, that informs appropriate assessment, Structured Literacy instruction, and intervention. This information will be available to all stakeholders, including children and adults with dyslexia, their families, teachers, and related professionals.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has launched the premier Dyslexia Digital Library at www.dyslexialibrary.org!
The Dyslexia Digital Library houses an extensive collection of IDA’s most informative articles, fact sheets, infographics, and videos organized in a searchable, user-friendly site that also includes frequently asked questions and trending topics. Families can learn strategies to help them advocate for their child with dyslexia, reading teachers can find guidance on applying the principles of Structured Literacy in their classrooms, researchers can review the work of their peers—these are just a few examples of how to use the library.
This free resource, funded in part by a generous donation from the Georgia Branch of IDA, will continue to grow with new content and new features in the days ahead. “Globally, it is estimated that between 5-10% of the population experience dyslexia, which equates to around 700 million people worldwide, says CEO Sonja Banks. “As an organization, we are committed to helping everyone who struggles to read by provided the tools and resources individuals, educators, and researcher need until everyone can read.”
Dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability, that is neurobiological in origin. It affects the phonological component of language. Characteristics include difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, spelling, and decoding abilities. Students with dyslexia require Structured Literacy instruction, based on the Science of Reading. Click on What is Dyslexia above for a complete definition and more information.
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