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Welcome to the International Dyslexia Association Arizona Branch. Our goal is to provide essential information about assessment, diagnosis, resources, and appropriate educational intervention to parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia. We are committed to the principle that every individual has the right to learn to read, without stigma or embarrassment.  To this end, we offer presentations, conferences, and dyslexia simulations in varied locations throughout the year.  Thank you for your interest in visiting our website.


Meredith Puls

International Dyslexia Association
Arizona Branch


October 2016
IDA’s 2016 Remy Johnston Award of Merit recipient, Aidan Colvin, wrote a book titled Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters. He wrote to successful people living with dyslexia, including Jay Leno, Harvey Hubbell, John Irving, and Philip Schultz looking for advice. Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness with us by reading this inspirational book.

In this feature, IDA’s Secretary Suzanne Carreker and IDA’s Vice-Chair Elsa
Cárdenas-Hagan tell you about structured literacy, why dyslexia practitioners and therapists should be certified, what the certification program is, how to become certified, and how to maintain certification.

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Parents and educators will do almost anything to help a struggling child learn to read. This urgent desire to help makes it all too easy to get hoodwinked by interventions, treatments, and programs that make big promises, but actually do little except waste valuable resources and precious time.
Our latest infographic (based on a fact sheet by John Alexander) outlines what to be wary of and the questions to ask when making decisions about programs for dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
Today Dr. Dave walks you through tablet apps that allow you to listen to web articles while reading them without the graphics, links, advertisements, and other items that you probably don’t want or need to read that other web pages often include.
From research to trending topics to practical information to just plain fun, “Links We Like” will point to resources inside and outside IDA that are of special interest to anyone concerned with dyslexia and language and literacy.
Don’t forget to email us if you have any links you’d like to see included in the future!
Light it Up for 1 in 5!
Sponsored by IDA Oregon, Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, Edison High School, Kells Irish Restaurant, Park Academy, PDX Reading Specialist & Successful Learning Educational Services
2016 Dyslexia Dash
Hosted by IDA Georgia
October 18, 2016
Finding the Right Words: Identifying and Overcoming Dysgraphia
Hosted by IDA Georgia, Dyslexia Network of Forsyth & Decoding Dyslexia Georgia
Global Partner Update
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Dyslexia SPELD Foundation Australia
Japan Dyslexia Research Association
Examiner Editor: Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., Learning Specialist, Clinical Professor, University California San Francisco and Past IDA National Board Member

Examiner Social Media Editor/Strategist: Carolyn D. Cowen, M.Ed.

Director, Publications/Communications: Denise Douce

Publications/Communications Coordinator: Megan Friedman
Copy Editor: Janet Wisner
If you have a recommendation for an article topic, or wish to provide an article in its entirety 
for consideration to appear in a future issue, please email
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is pleased to present a forum for information to benefit its constituents.
It is IDA’s policy to not recommend or endorse any specific program, product, institution, company, or instructional material, noting that there are a number of such that present the critical components of instruction as defined by
Any program, product, institution, company, or instructional material carrying the IDA Recognized Accredited seal meets the IDA Standards. Opinions expressed in Examiner articles and/or via links do not necessarily reflect those of IDA.

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