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Note from our President

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!
Mary Cancelmo
International Dyslexia Association –
Northern California (IDA NorCal




In celebration of Juneteenth, join us online to watch The Right to Read for one day only. Tell your friends, family, principals, teachers and anyone else who needs to know that literacy is our greatest civil right. Let’s take action, and help to solve this crisis!


@CAgovernor includes mandatory dyslexia screening in the budget. Yeah. ThankYou to @DDCalifornia  @edvoice  @BurbCouncilPTA  @captapres  @CKocivar  @Ahsha_Safai  @TonyThurmond & many others for your advocacy – it’s been a journey now our kids will get literacy help they need. 

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Overcoming Dyslexia

Dyslexia is everywhere, touching so many children and adults, and while science has made extraordinary progress in understanding and clarifying the condition, this incredibly powerful knowledge rarely reaches those who most need to know and would greatly benefit from it. Our goal is to change all this with the Coursera you are about to view, produced by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development, both the leading scientist studying dyslexia and the most devoted advocate for helping those who are dyslexic.


IDA just published a new fact sheet in the Dyslexia Library It’s about phoneme awareness, why it’s necessary, and how it develops. In it, you will find tips for effective practices to build children’s phoneme awareness in kindergarten, first grade, and beyond.
IDA is providing this fact sheet to support classroom teachers who are currently engaged in the important work of implementing what is currently known from the science of reading. Released with an understanding that research in the future may provide even more powerful pathways for reading success, this fact sheet presents guiding principles for instruction informed by research today.

Dyslexia Devoted Podcast

Dyslexia Devoted is dedicated to all things related to dyslexia and is designed for both parents and educators to learn more about dyslexia. In each episode, Lisa Parnello will cover topics including instructional strategies, common challenges for people with dyslexia, and interviews with special guests.

New Dyslexia Screening Bill

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) introduced Senate Bill 691, a measure aimed at improving literacy outcomes by requiring early identification and intervention for students who are at risk for dyslexia. Forty states have already passed legislation requiring screening for risk of dyslexia and California isn’t one of them.     Our friends at DDCA are co- sponsors of the bill.  Get involved at YES on SB691

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

IDA Dyslexia Handbook CoverIn addition to offering valuable information about dyslexia and its characteristics, this handbook provides information on assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas, and a vast array of resources.

Further, the handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college. The degree of difficulty a child with dyslexia has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies from person to person due to inherited differences in brain development, as well as the type of teaching the child receives.

It is crucial to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dyslexia so that a child can be evaluated early and obtain the appropriate instruction and accommodations he or she needs to succeed in school.

We encourage you to share this handbook. The more families we can inform, the more children we can help!

Download the handbook 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.

Black Lives Matter

IDA NorCal believes that learning to read is a civil right. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and pledge to work towards erasing racial disparities that impede the quality of literacy instruction our children deserve. We are committed to advocating for all students, especially those who have dyslexia. until everyone can read. IDA NorCal will do more to contribute to a community where racism has no place and where Black lives, education and opportunities matter. #Blacklivesmatter #Untileveryonecanread

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