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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)


Looking for Reviewers to Join the IDA Program Review and Accreditation Team

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is seeking detail-oriented reading educator preparation professionals and program faculty members, with experience applying the principles and practices of Structured Literacy™ to prevent reading failure and/or to remediate off-track readers (including readers with disabilities) with profiles characteristic of dyslexia, to serve as peer reviewers with an IDA Program Review and Accreditation Team.

The Program Review and Accreditation Team is tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of programs’ curriculum, practicum, and faculty qualifications in order to determine programs’ readiness to prepare educators according to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) for Teachers of Reading, including the principles and practices of Structured Literacy™.

Click here to learn about the requirements and responsibilities of this important service appointment

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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