The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) spans across the world. People might wonder “where are IDA meetings held?”. The answer to this question depends on what a person is looking for. A professional might want to go to a conference whereas a family member might prefer meeting others at an IDA branch.
IDA conferences happen annually. The meeting for 2017 is at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The four-day conference will be from November 8th until the 11th. This conference is for professional development.
During this time, there will be networking opportunities. This is an invaluable opportunity for various professionals to meet and talk about the disorder. Attendees can make connections with people who have success stories and ask other professionals the questions that are troubling them.
However, just because this conference highlights professional development does not mean that families cannot attend. There are over 100 sessions, so attendees can choose what courses are most relevant to them and their needs. Additionally, there will be visits to local schools which may provide a significant amount of insight to families. They can go home to their communities and ask more relevant questions about their child’s education.
Any person who pays the annual fee to the IDA for membership will be assigned to a local branch. There are 42 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Parents will be able to meet other parents here from their community. They will also see other professionals who care about dyslexia and finding the most innovative methods for treatment.
Physical locations are not the only places that people can meet. There is also an online community where people can log on to enjoy seminars with Dr. Patricia Mathes, Louisa Moats, Ed.D, and Suzanne Carreker, Ph.D.
The topics of these lectures vary. There is a workshop entitled “Certification for Teachers of Reading.” This is specific help for teachers who want to help their children with dyslexia learn.
The course “IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards: How They Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students” helps all teachers in making tests and assignments.
“Overcoming Dyslexia: What Does It Take?” outlines all the factors involved in successfully navigating this condition. It is an excellent comprehensive resource for parents.
“Curing Dyslexia: What Is Possible?” explains that although there is no medical treatment for this disease, children with dyslexia can still learn to read.
Hearing these lectures will open dialogue for other meetings that parents, teachers, and medical professionals have with each other. The greater the access to knowledge is, the less of a barrier there will be in treating the condition.
Meetings within the IDA are a powerful tool to disseminate knowledge. Through increasing educational standards, professionals and parents can implement great strategies to help dyslexic children to read. The mission at IDA is to ensure that these children get sufficient literacy skills.