Welcome! The Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) is committed to raising awareness and providing resources about dyslexia for parents and educators.




Download our dyslexia resource kit, Dyslexia in the Classroom.






Learn more about dyslexia and related learning disabilities through a variety of resources.

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Experience Dyslexia®

What is it like to have dyslexia? Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that helps promote awareness and empathy.

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Teacher Training

Teachers have the power to impact learning. Join colleagues across the world by becoming well-trained in a structured literacy approach (multisensory structured language education).

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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.

Share Your Story

Share your experience with dyslexia to increase awareness and connect with others. Read about others’ experience or share your own.

Please click here to submit your story.

Theresa Soares

I was identified with dyslexia when I was in kindergarten. When it came... Read more


Public Calendar

Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training (30-Hour)
Nov 3 – Nov 8 all-day

The comprehensive program enables the learner to have in-depth understanding of the revised Orton-Gillingham based methodology, assessment, higher level skills, and the tools to implement this program into an existing curriculum.

Teachers will learn: The 3-part drill (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) Syllabication patterns for decoding and encoding Guidelines for weekly lesson plans Assessment Reciprocal Teaching method Fluency Multisensory techniques for sight words

Materials Provided: Recipe for Reading Syllable Division Word Book How to Teach Spelling Teacher Training Manual Teacher Assessment Manual Phoneme/Grapheme Cards Syllable Division Cards

Visitor Day for Professionals @ Stellar Academy
Nov 6 @ 8:45 am – 10:30 am

Special Visitor Day For Professionals

Thursday, November 6, 2014 8:45-10:30 AM

Join us for classroom observation of the Slingerland® lesson followed by informal Q&A time with the school’s Director. Please call to let us know you’re coming at (510) 797-2227.

Our terrific little school has Visitor Days on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, download our flier.

International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference @ Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

In November 2014, IDA’s Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is heading to the west coast! This marks the 65th Annual Conference for Professionals and 3rd Annual Conference for Families. The conference will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, November 12-15, 2014. A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate at the hotel for convenience. Click here to register and for all the conference details! 

Scholarships are available!

IDA offers three kinds of scholarships for teachers and parents for attending the national conference. Learn more here.

Jan’s Top Software Picks for Students with Learning Disabilities @ Parents Helping Parents, Sobrato Center for NonProfits
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join AT Specialist Jan Tuber for this beginning-level workshop as she explores and demonstrates her favorite software programs to address reading and writing challenges for students with learning disabilities. Learn about electronic text and how to get it, text-to-speech readers, voice recognition and word prediction programs, graphic organizing software, smart pens and more.

For: Parents & Professionals Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, 10 am-12 pm Location: Parents Helping Parents, Sobrato Center for NonProfits, 1400 Parkmoor Ave. Suite 100, San Jose, 95126 Cost: PHP members – $10, non-members – $20 Register: www.php.com/node/36880/view or contact Julie Gorman, 408-727-5775 x183, julie@php.com

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner with Dr. Linda Silverman @ Athena Academy
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) Location: Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA RSVP: https://athenaacademydan.eventbrite.com

Do you think in words? Images? Feelings? Knowings?

Most dyslexic children are intuitive image thinkers. Traditionally, school was designed for auditory-sequential, left-hemispheric students who are advanced in reading, writing, spelling, calculation and memorization, and perform well under timed conditions.

Visual-spatial learners are gifted in right-hemispheric abilities, such as imagination, visualization, intuitive knowledge, multi-dimensional perception, science and technology, holistic thinking, creativity, artistic expression (music, dance, art, drama), and emotional responsiveness. These gifts are vital to employment in the 21st century.

Please join Dr. Linda Silverman, who dcoined the term “visual-spatial learner.” She will describe these children, explain why right-hemispheric strengths are important, and provide guidance for educating and parenting them more effectively.

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist. She founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, Gifted Development Center (GDC) and Visual-Spatial Resource in Denver, Colorado. In the last 35 years, she has studied over 6,000 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. This research enabled the creation of extended norms on the WISC-IV. In 1981, she originated the concept of the “visual-spatial learner” (VSL) and has created methods of identifying and teaching this population. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California. For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education. She has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner and Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults. Her latest book, Giftedness 101 (New York: Springer, 2013), went into third printing within 6 months of its release. A popular presenter, Linda has keynoted conferences in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, the U.S., and others.

Athena Academy’s Wisdom & Strategy Speaker Series is open to the public and brings together nationally respected authors, researchers, and other experts in the exceptional child development field with local parents and educators. For more information, please contact us at 650-543-4560 or events@athenaacademy.org. Visit us online at: www.athenaacademy.org.

Literacy & Dyslexia: Current Research & Practice @ Mission Bay Conference Center, University of California San Francisco
Jan 23 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Evidence-Based Strategies for Reading

This symposium is designed for teachers, practitioners, and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia. Participants will learn the latest genetic studies and neuro-imaging research as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students, including students who are English language learners.

Download a brochure with agenda and application form

More info on The Dyslexia Foundation