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. Read more



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 multisensory structured language education approach.

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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.

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

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Theresa Soares

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Public Calendar

Slingerland Teacher Training Course – Continuum Level in San Jose, CA @ Valley Christian School
Jul 8 – Aug 2 all-day

This the 4-week Slingerland Comprehensive Teacher Training course – scheduled to be held at Valley Christian School in San Jose, CA. The course is scheduled to begin July 8 to August 1, 2014. The Slingerland® Approach Comprehensive Courses are accredited through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and are the core of Slingerland training. Each course includes a practicum with students, demonstrations and observations. This intensive course of study includes instructional techniques in handwriting, written language, decoding, and reading comprehensive. These courses are offered at three levels – introductory, second level and third level. The Slingerland comprehensive courses are recognized as an IDA Recognized Reading program.

This course is 133 classroom hours and is approved for six continuing education units through the University of San Diego. These credits are not part of a degree program and are at the option of the teacher/participant.

Second Level: After a brief review of the basics in the introductory course participants will be introduced to and practice more advanced techniques in the language continuum. The use of the dictation paragraph and the screening procedures will also be presented.

Third Level: A course designed for a limited number of participants wishing to become staff teachers in the Slingerland Training Courses. The content encompasses all learning of the introductory and second year courses as the participant learns how to organize, maintain and evaluate a summer session, its students and teacher participants.

Registration information can be found at www.slingerland.org.

Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training (30-Hour)
Jul 28 – Aug 2 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