Events & Trainings

Upcoming IDA Events

Reading in the City Conference

Saturday, April 13, 2019!

Reading in the City is a one-day conference for educators and parents that focuses on hands-on training and essential content to assist in supporting those with literacy challenges and beyond. This year, we are happy to host Hugh Catts, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University.


Reading in the Rockies Conference

Thank you for a great event! – See you next October 4th & 5th, 2019 in Vail, CO!

Reading in the Rockies provides a time and place for teachers to learn, collaborate, and relax in a beautiful environment. Our topics and speakers address relevant, essential and distinctive topics to build your capacity to support student success, improve your teaching skills, expand your thinking and continue to cultivate your knowledge with practical application strategies.

Community Events

Information Night for Parents of Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm

Join Jeffco Public Schools at 5:30 pm for pizza, salad, and networking followed by interactive learning from 6 to 7:30 pm. Please note that child care is not provided.

Night 1 – Tuesday, January 22nd at Jeffco Education Center in Golden
Inclusionary Practices in Jeffco: What does inclusion look like in schools? How does Jeffco support students on IEPs in various settings? RSVP by 1/17/19

Night 2 – Tuesday, February 5th at The Arc in Lakewood
Special Education 101: Starting the journey and navigating your new IEP. Overview of the special education process and Individualized Education Plans (IEP). RSVP by 1/31/19

Night 3 – Tuesday, February 19th at Jeffco Education Center in Golden
Why Jeffco Asks for Cognitive Assessments: Cognitive testing, alternate assessment, extended evidence outcomes (EEO’s) and modifications. RSVP by 2/14/19

For more information or accommodations contact Holly Dolfi at (303) 982-6710 or

YES! Ambassadors in Centennial

Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Koelbel Library large meeting room, 5955 S. Holly Street, Centennial, Colorado. Informal parent and student discussion to follow from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Please RSVP by 1/19/2019 via email!

I Was a Turtle – Emotional Impacts of the Struggling Reader

Thursday, January 24th from 7-8:30 pm at the Lone Tree Library Event Hall

Join us to learn about the emotional impact on students who struggle to read through the lens of the presenter’s own struggles. See how the emotional/self-concept side of the learning-to-read equation can become the larger road-block to success. Learn how teachers and parents can emotionally support exceptional students and help foster a student’s pleasure connection with reading. Guest Speaker: Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.DIV., has worked for over 36 years as a child and family therapist and his YouTube library includes videos about the brain and social/emotional development in children and teens.

RSVP to this FREE Event

Open House and Dyslexia Simulation

Wednesday, January 30 from 6-8pm at Vertical Skills Academy in Evergreen, CO

This event will have tours, advocation info, a dyslexia simulation, parent support group and more. Call (303)562-1900 for more information. Email to RSVP.

February 1st and 2nd at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs

The Courage to Risk Conference is a collaborative conference comprised of a variety of organizations committed to the educational success of students with diverse learning needs. The mission of the CTR conference is to provide quality educational experiences to parents, students, educational professionals, and community members; to provide networking experiences for participants; and to motivate those working with students with diverse learning needs.

Click here to learn more and register!

Afternoon at the Utah State Capitol

February 24, 2019 from 12-2 pm at the Utah State Capitol Building

Join Decoding Dyslexia Utah for an afternoon at the Utah State Capitol to ignite conversations and bring awareness to Dyslexia in the state of Utah. Be sure to reach our to your legislators to come meet you so they can hear your experience with dyslexia.

Register here!

FREE Assistive Technology Webinars

Assistive Technology Partners in collaboration with the National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center are offering FREE webinars in the following categories:
· General Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Information
· Accessibility in Procurement and Use
· Accessibility Testing and Assessment
· Accessible Multimedia
· Accessible Non-Web (PDF, Office)
· Accessible Social Media

Student Opportunities

Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy (YES!)

Originally started by the Rocky Mountain Branch, and now run by the national non-profit, Learning Ally, we are proud of our 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!


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.)

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 was planning to retire as a principal but with the outcomes my students are getting with Y-OG, I want to stick around and enjoy our success.” “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 students.” “I am not a trained teacher, yet I am now empowered to help my child.  There is no greater gift you could have given me.”
OGI is a CDE approved 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.

Click here for more information and upcoming open courses

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE) Training – The Orton-Gillingham Approach

OGCE: 6 Day CourseJuly 16th – 19th, 22nd & 23rd
ASSOCIATE (A): 9 Day CourseJuly 16 -19, 22-26
ASSOCIATE (B): 3 Day CourseJuly 24th – 26th

Instructor: Karen K. Leopold, Accredited Training Fellow/AOGPE
Location: University of Colorado, Boulder campus
Registration Closes July 1st or before 7/1/19 once class is full.

Each course’s training manuals and teaching materials are included. Participants must provide some supplies and their own lunch/snacks. A list of required readings and supplies is provided upon request or registration. A subsequent practicum, in keeping with the Academy’s standards ( for application as a Classroom Educator or Associate Member Option A or B, is available at an additional cost. The practicum provides guidance during the practical application of the coursework. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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