It’s a fact:
Up to 20 percent of the population struggles with reading.
Join other book-lovers this fall as we kick off our Readers Matter read-a-thon to raise funds to support dyslexia awareness and education.
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With your generous support, NCBIDA can continue to improve the lives of individuals with dyslexia.
Welcome! The Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) provides a forum where parents, educators, individuals with dyslexia and researchers share their knowledge about a learning difference that affects up to 20 percent of the U.S. population. Read more
Learn more about dyslexia and related learning disabilities through a variety of resources.
What is it like to have dyslexia? Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation workshop that helps promote awareness and empathy.
Did you know?
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
- 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, 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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Share your experience with dyslexia to increase awareness and connect with others. Read about others’ experience or share your own.
February – March 2014
Presented by the Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA)
9:00 am-12:00 pm, Morning Session Reading Between, Among, and Beyond the Lines with Suzanne Carreker
This address will present the Simple View of Reading as proposed by Gough and Tunmer (1986), with a few extras added. The components–decoding and language comprehension–are both necessary for critical reading. Each component requires accuracy and automaticity in skills that participants will experience firsthand. This approach helps to demystify the presentation of complex text and the practice of close reading, which will also be presented.
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Annual Meeting for NCBIDA members
1:00-3:30 pm, Two Breakout Sessions Language: The Core Standard for Skilled Reading, Writing, and Thinking with Suzanne Carreker
The Common Core Standards outline what students need to know and be able to do to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers. Using the Simple View of Reading (Gough & Tunmer, 1986), participants will experience how language competency is the absolute core standard for literacy and will learn strategies and activities that develop the breadth and depth of oral language, which lead to proficient reading, writing, and thinking.
The Importance of Literature and Imagination for Students with Dyslexia with Blake Charlton
Blake struggled learning to read, and his dyslexia kept him from reading fluently; however, his parents read science fiction and fantasy novels to him, which kept him very motivated to read. He feels this strong desire to read, his active imagination, and his love of literature helped him to succeed in school. Blake will share with parents, students and professionals his personal story, including how he came to write two fantasy novels in which the hero, Nicodemus, also has dyslexia.
Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D., CALT-QI, vice president of innovative solutions at Neuhaus Education Center, is a certified dyslexia therapist and qualified instructor. A past president of The Houston Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and current vice president of the national IDA board, Suzanne is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has authored journal articles, textbook chapters, and systematic, evidence-based curricula. Suzanne was the 2009 recipient of the Nancy LaFevers Award for her contributions to students with dyslexia and other related disorders in the Houston community. Her most recent project is the creation and development of Neuhaus Academy, a free online source for literacy lessons for adolescents and adults learners.
Blake Charlton is a successful novelist and medical resident who is dyslexic. He recently received the Pinnacle Award from The International Dyslexia Association, acknowledging his significant achievements in his field of interest. Blake is a dynamic speaker and a charismatic advocate for people with dyslexia. His two books, Spellwright and Spellbound, will be available for sale.
Join Stellar Academy for Dyslexics for their 25th Anniversary Celebration with dinner, live band, dancing, auction and great raffles!
For Tickets or Information: Call 510-797-2227