Events & Webinars


Upcoming IDA Events

Important Announcement: IDA’s DyslexiaCon21 is Going Fully Virtual!

We hear you! After conducting several surveys among our IDA Conference stakeholders, presenters, and attendees, we acknowledge your growing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the emerging variants. We appreciate the importance of your health and safety during these challenging times.  The IDA Board Members and executive staff have made the decision to shift this year’s conference to a fully virtual and on-demand conference experience.  This was one of the hardest decisions that we’ve ever had to make, but we believe that it is truly in the best interest of IDA for several reasons, most importantly the well-being of our constituents.

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The IDA Dyslexia Digital Library

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has launched the premier Dyslexia Digital Library at to house an extensive collection of IDA’s most informative articles, fact sheets, infographics, and videos organized in a searchable, user-friendly site, including FAQs and trending topics. Families can learn strategies to help them advocate for their child with dyslexia, reading teachers can find guidance on applying the principles of Structured Literacy in their classrooms, researchers can review the work of their peers—these are just a few examples of how to use the library.

Local Groups & Resources

COKID’s mission is to ensure that all dyslexic children are identified and receive appropriate intervention and support to achieve their full potential. This parent group’s website also includes a list of different Parent Support & Dyslexia Advocacy Groups in Colorado. Visit their website for upcoming events as well as dyslexia and legislation-related resources.

Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy (YES!)

Originally started by the Rocky Mountain Branch, and now with similar groups all over the country, we are proud of our Colorado Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy! The purpose of this youth program is to train students with learning differences to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, to help them build confidence and to provide them with the tools to become strong self-advocates. This student led program provides support, connections and a sense of community for students with learning differences. Visit The YES! Program Website to learn more!

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties – Free Online Course

Designed by David Kilpatrick Ph.D. in collaboration with the SLD specialist from CDE.
Online Course Registration for the Spring 2021 Session is now open! The course will start February 1st and will run until June 1st 2021, and it follows his book of the same title. You must use your district email to register, and priority will be given to Colorado public educators. Please click here to download the flyer.

An on demand version of the course is accessible on CDE’s Learning Management System, but does not include the assessments, discussion forums, or the certification for CDE hours


Local Community & IDA Events

10 Tips to Help Support your Dyslexic Learner at School and at Home

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm MT

Hosted by Guiding Bright Minds. Hear from Kathy Sherman, learning specialist and Co-Founder of Hillside School. Once behind in school, students experience that academic “bar” continually moving beyond their reach. We know it can be stressful to think about where your child falls in comparison to other kids their age, but let’s change the focus to how you can best support your child without the stress. Learn 10 tips that will guide you and your child to reading success.

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Experience Dyslexia Simulation

Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 1-3 pm at Orton Academy in Colorado SpringsThis dyslexia simulation, presented by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ALTA, will rotate small groups of participants through six stations to experience first-hand what it feels like to live with the challenges of dyslexia. This is a powerful experience that enlightens parents, teachers, and students alike. Short discussion of experiences and implications will follow. $5 each.

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YES! Colorado – Be Your Own Superhero!

Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 9 am at the Lowry Conference Center

Bring your child with dyslexia for a strength-finding morning. Reading and writing may be a struggle for children with dyslexia, but they also possess great strengths. Come hear how the YES! Ambassadors use their strengths to compensate for their dyslexia. Members will work with their Ambassador to complete an interactive COVID-safe activity while parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of the YES! Ambassador parents and each other.

Cost: $15 for each member family and $20 for each non-member family. $10 for single adult.

Registration Opens Soon!



Professional Development Training

(Businesses and professionals have paid to be listed below. Please note that IDA-RMB does not endorse any specific individual, business, school or program. Please contact the particular service providers for more information.)

Are you looking for answers to these questions?
Which should I take first, LETRS or OG?  I want to increase my knowledge of the reading research, where should I start?  How can I become a dyslexia specialist in my state?  How can I get training on X program? Before You Train: Understanding Literacy Training Options with Dr. Stephanie Stollar and Concha Wyatt

Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham is an engaging approach to teaching and learning which enables participants to successfully provide Orton Gillingham targeted instruction to students with dyslexia as well as to equip the general population with the tools they need to succeed and excel in reading, writing and in spelling and math. An accredited training Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, Ron Yoshimoto developed these nationally and internationally acclaimed Orton-Gillingham trainings.
“I appreciate how clear it is to implement with my class, the scope and sequence, lesson plans and correction procedures make it so doable. And all the materials – amazing” “I have never received such positive feedback from my teachers before!” “This is the first time I have completed a workshop and feel like I actually have the tools and materials I need to serve my dyslexic students.” “I am not a trained teacher, yet I am now empowered to help my child. Thank you.”
OGI is a CDE approved supplemental, intervention and consulting provider for the READ Act. The Yoshimoto O.G. Approach is an International Dyslexia Association approved program. Please contact us regarding scheduling school or district-based classes or in regards to certification.

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Master of Arts in Teaching – Dyslexia Specialist

The Master of Arts in Teaching – Dyslexia Specialist degree is a graduate program administered by Colorado College in partnership with The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center. This intensive two-year program is for individuals seeking to learn the most effective, research-based strategies of reading instruction, including instruction for students with dyslexia. Credit hours can be applied to CC’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree. ALTA National Certification and CDE Reading Teacher Endorsement and Reading Specialist Endorsement available.

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2021 Wilson Language Training Workshops – Systematic, Multi-sensory, Structured language

Wilson is passionate about providing educators with the knowledge and skills they need to help students who may benefit from a systematic, multi-sensory, structured language approach. Professional learning programs are delivered by a nationwide team of expert Literacy Specialists and Trainers. Click on the links below for more information about each workshop:

Sept. 27-29, 2021 – WRS Introductory Course (Virtual, Instructor-Led)
Sept. 27, 2021 – Fundations® Level K Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)
Sept. 28, 2021 – Fundations® Level 1 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)
Sept. 28, 2021 – Fundations® Level 3 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)
Sept. 29, 2021 – Fundations® Level 2 Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)
Oct. 1, 2021 – Just Words ® Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructor-Led)


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