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IDA COVID-19 Relief Fund for Families and TeachersThe IDA community understands all too well the burden this crisis has placed on families and teachers with its disruption of income, quarantine, and other challenges. That’s why we have established a national relief fund to help those hit the hardest by providing the following:

  1. Computers, laptops, or tablets (for remote learning) for those who can’t afford them,

  2. Educational software and other required learning tools,

  3. Tutorial stipends for students who need one-on-one learning assistance, and

  4. Family advocate stipends for those in need of special education advocacy services.

Now is the time to unite and serve the many families feeling hopeless. They only want the best for their children. Let’s not turn any of them away.

IDA National is not accepting any additional applications at this time.
Application for Families

Application for Teachers

Make a Donation to IDA COVID-19 Relief Fund

If you have any questions about the applications process, please contact Hannah Sturm, Membership and Field Services Manager, at

Helpful Resources for Home Teaching
IDA NorCal sees the profound impact COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having on our global educational community. In particular, we recognize the challenges and uncertainties families of dyslexic students may be facing because of California school closures. We also realize the amount of on-line resources being offered to help support at-home learning may feel overwhelming, particularly to parents and caregivers of students with dyslexia. We are therefore sharing a link to
Helpful Resources for Home Teaching, Learning and Fun. We believe this list developed by Literacy How, includes expert resources and ideas for appropriate at-home learning.   Stay safe and be well.

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!

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

  • 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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