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Teaching Teachers & Empowering Parents

Welcome to the International Dyslexia Association of Northern California. We are committed to providing you with information about dyslexia through our website resources. IDA Northern California is notable for our powerful dyslexia simulation, Experience Dyslexia®. This simulation has led to greater awareness of dyslexia across the country and around the world. Please browse our website to learn more!

Emma Elizalde
International Dyslexia Association –
Northern California (IDA NorCal)


Larry P. Student Scholarship Fund!

IDA NorCal and Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) have teamed up to create a Larry P. Student Scholarship Fund (Larry P. Fund) with the purpose of awarding scholarships to African American students in public school in Northern CA who are struggling with reading and spelling skills…Learn more here



Scholarships Available for Reading, Literacy & Learning Annual Conference!

IDA Home Office is excited to announce 30 scholarships to the Reading, Literacy & Learning Annual Conference on 11/7 -11/10/19 in Portland through the 777 Campaign!  Below is the process for awarding these scholarships:

  1. Interested candidates should complete the application.
  2. Scan the application and email to
    Attention: Scholarship Committee or mail to:

International Dyslexia Association
Northern California Branch
Attention: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 5010
San Mateo, CA 94402-0010

  1. The application will be reviewed and forwarded to IDA Home Office for final selection.

Home Office will grant scholarships on a first come -first serve basis and notify the branch and candidates about the status of their applications.  As we continue the campaign and begin our fundraising collaboration we hope to open up more opportunities for our constituents.

Teacher Scholarship Application 
Parent or Individual with Dyslexia Application

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact IDA NorCal.

Uniting to support 7,000 teachers/educators, impact the lives of over 70,000 children and serve 700,000 families, students, and professionals!


Dyslexia Guidelines Released by the California Department of Education

In August, the California Department of Education published long-awaited dyslexia guidelines designed to assist regular and special education teachers and parents in identifying, assessing and supporting students with dyslexia. The complete guidelines are available on the California Department of Education website.

Parents, schools, educators and professionals, learn much more here.

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability with 15-20% of the population showing symptoms of dyslexia. Learn More

  • It is a language-based learning disability and is not related to intelligence– plenty of very bright people have dyslexia.
  • There are many successful people with dyslexia such as Henry Winkler, Caitlyn Jenner (previously known as Bruce Jenner), Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Schwab.
  • IDA has established standards for teachers of reading. These research-based standards are helpful for all and critical for students with dyslexia.


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