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2016 Fall Symposium
The HBIDA 2016 Fall Symposium was held on September 24, 2016 at the Junior League of Houston. We welcomed over 230 attendees including parents, individuals with dyslexia, educators, therapists, and other professionals.

Dr. Nancy Mather presented quite the entertaining keynote on “What We Miss Regarding Dyslexia”. Dr. Mather outlined the “basics” of dyslexia, how we identify and support it, and also the importance of supporting the social-emotional development of young struggling readers.

She was followed by Chef Catherine Rodriguez who shared her personal experiences with dyslexia and how she was able to overcome many challenges in her life that led her to a successful career as a pastry chef. Chef Catherine highlighted the importance of her supportive family and friends as key factors in her success. 

The HBIDA Scholarship Committee debuted a new fundraising campaign for the Nancy LaFevers Ambroze Scholarship.  Championed by Elizabeth Rush, donations were encouraged with the theme of making lemonade out of lemons. Attendees who donated to the fundraising effort were given lemonade as a thank you for their generosity.

The HBIDA officers, board and advisory members would like to thank our talented speakers, all of our dedicated volunteers, the Junior League of Houston staff, and all attendees for contributing to the success of our Fall Symposium.

We hope to see you at the HBIDA 21st Annual Conference  being held on March 4, 2017.                                       
The Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award

Lenox M. Reed, CALT-QI, M. Ed.
Lenox M. Reed, CALT-QI, M.Ed., is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to an individual who has advanced the mission of IDA and whose work on behalf of IDA embodies Margaret’s compassion, leadership, commitment to excellence, and fervent advocacy for people with dyslexia. Lenox was founding executive director of Neuhaus Education Center, Houston, TX, a non-profit center dedicated to preparing teachers to teach basic literacy skills to all students, including those with dyslexia. She served on IDA’s Board of Directors from 1999-2005 and was a founding member of the Houston Branch of IDA.

Congratulations, Lennox! 
2016 IDA Award Recipients
Houston Branch 
International Dyslexia Association

 HBIDA 21st Annual Conference – March 4, 2017

 Hilton Hotel – University of Houston Campus

4450 University Drive, Houston, Texas 77204

 7:15 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Conference

 Distinguished Speakers



Keynote: “Stress! The Missing Piece of the LD/ADHD Puzzle”

Lenox Reed and Will Noel Lecture: “The Journey to Success”


“Solving the Inference Mystery”


“Listening and Speaking: Essential Ingredients for Teaching Struggling Writers”


“English Learners: Making Connections for Literacy Success”

“Dyslexia Across Languages: Creating an Individualized Model for Intervention”


“Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: From Diagnosis to Treatment”



Nancy LaFevers Community Service Award    

 New! 2017 Resource Directory    

Parent Networking Group        Seated Luncheon        Exhibits      Books         Breakfast Bar    

ALTA and TSHA CEU Credit Hours: 5.5 (pending)       Certificates of Attendance


Registration Opens January 9, 2017

 Registration Closes February 26, 2017 midnight

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Help Texas Children with Dyslexia with Bravelets

Bravelets are beautifully designed jewelry that benefits a cause. A page has been generously set up by Teri McGinnis to help benefit HBIDA. A portion of purchases made through this link will be donated to HBIDA. Thank you for helping!

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From our President:
"Thank you!"
Jessica Harris, our current HBIDA President, would like to extended her deepest thanks and gratitude to the Houston Branch for the opportunity to serve as President for the past three years. She would like to formally announce that Mary Yarus will serve as HBIDA's next president, beginning in January.

Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting being held on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Divine in Houston, TX.                                   
Houston Branch
 International Dyslexia Association 

(832) 282-7154