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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




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Multisensory Math: An Overview Workshop of Hands-on Instruction for Meeting the Needs of All Learners

Two-Part Workshop: October 2 & 9, 2021 (9am-1:30pm)

The Multisensory Math Approach is appropriate for all but essential for some. Our hands-on introductory workshop offers strategies for teaching mathematics to all students in a standards-based curriculum. Originally developed for teaching students with language-based disabilities or dyslexia, as well as other related learning challenges; this approach incorporates strategies from the Orton-Gillingham tradition of literacy instruction, the evidence-based Concrete-Representational-Abstract Instructional Sequence, explicit instruction, and precise instructional language to meet the needs of all learners.  The Multisensory Math Approach incorporates lessons from neuroscience, the recommendations of the NCTM and the What Works Clearinghouse as well as best practices in mathematics instruction.   Learn more here.



IDA NorCal is co-sponsoring 8 Virtual Wilson Language Training® courses this September:

  • Wilson Reading Systems® Introductory Course
  • Wilson Reading Systems® Advanced Strategies Course 
  • Fundations® Levels K-2 Workshop
  • Just Words® Workshop

Learn more about these courses and register today.

As an added benefit for our IDA NorCal members, IDA NorCal is offering a limited amount of COMPLIMENTARY SEATS for each course!  These FREE seats will be offered on a first come, first served basis to interested IDA NorCal Members by enrolling HERE.*

Are you a NorCal teacher and not a current IDA NorCal member? Enroll today to become a member of the International Dyslexia Association for free.

*Wilson reserves the right to change or cancel a professional learning event due to low enrollment or other factors beyond its control.

Governor Newsom Accepts NorCal IDA’s 2020 Leadership Award

In this uplifting, deeply personal video message, IDA NorCal’s 2021 dyslexia achievement honoree, Governor Gavin Newsom, looks back on how evaluations described him when he was a young boy struggling in school. He notes that terms like “lacked confidence,” “gave up easily” and “seemed overwhelmed” would not have predicted a path to the governor’s office.  Newsom stresses the importance of caring, informed teachers and parents in supporting students like him and thanks the IDA community for nurturing the strengths of students with learning differences.   Newsom was honored for his leadership on behalf of individuals with dyslexia at the IDA NorCal annual membership meeting, held virtually on January 23, 2021.


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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