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The International Dyslexia Association

The Houston Branch

Promoting literacy through

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  Save these Dates!

ALTA Conference

April 24-25, 2015


Parent Networking Group Coffee

May 9, 2015  


HBIDA 2015
Fall Symposium

September 26, 2015


2015 Annual IDA Fall Conference
Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

Grapevine, TX
October 28-31, 2015

Dyslexia Handbook

 The 2014 revision of 

The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders is now available through Region 10 Educational Service Center.

 Click here.

HBIDA 2015
Resource Directory

IDA Fact Sheet

Dyslexia and the Brain

Assistive Technology
for Reading

Check out Dr. Dave's AT Lab where he discusses alternative strategies using assistive technology for students who are using these decoding skills to learn new information.   Read more.
Spring Conference
Keynote speaker, Michele Berg, PhD,  spoke about how working memory affects people with dyslexia.  One conference attendee commented, 
" Often I forget to apply working memory into my plan when teaching students.  This reminded me to get this back into my plan." Another commented, "Dr. Berg's suggestions for remediation were great!"

Comments about Conference Breakout Presentations:

Elizabeth Hamblet:
"Excellent presentation. The speaker was entertaining and engaging."

Libby Hall and Bonnie Jones:
"I really liked the ideas that I could use in my own classroom for improving vocabulary."

Beth Egmon:
"Outstanding presenter! Beth is organized in her lecture and models the writing process beautifully, allowing the participants the opportunity to experience what they teach to students.  She clearly illustrated ways to de-mystify their challenging tasks of writing."

Michelle Beard:
"Helpful resource for parents"

Jim Carter:
"Great information and good overview"

Christopher Woodin:
"Great suggestions for math and I don't teach math, but can't wait to share!"

Overall conference:
"Wonderful day, my brain is full!"

To see more pictures from the conference, click here.

Cathy Lorino, Peggy Wyatt Engman, Jessica Harris

HBIDA presented the 2015 Nancy LaFevers Community Service Award to Peggy Wyatt Engman.  Peggy, a speech-language pathologist, has been a long-time member of HBIDA  Board of Directors.  In her volunteer capacity, Peggy organized the funds that were donated to HBIDA in memory of Nancy LaFevers. As a result, many children and adults have been provided with funds or testing by diagnosticians and speech-language pathologists who are knowledgeable about dyslexia and how to recognize it.   To read more about the Nancy LaFevers Community Service Award and Peggy Engman, click here.

Thank You!

HBIDA thanks the following sponsors, exhibitors and donors whose generous support contributed to a successful conference:

Becky Ward
Lindamood Bell
Neuhaus Education Center
Parish School
Reading Specialists of Katy
Usborne Books


Handouts Available  from  2015 Spring Conference

We hope you enjoyed the HBIDA conference. Due to the large number of participants in Michele Berg's and Beth Egmon's sessions, there were not enough handouts available. To receive a handout, please email hbidaregistrar@gmail.com. Please include the name you registered under for the Spring Conference, your email address, and the name of the speaker for which handout you need.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 
7-9 p.m. 
Neuhaus Education Center 
4433 Bissonnet 
Bellaire, TX 77401

Sandi Patton, Director of System Disability Services for the Lonestar College System, will present information on legal considerations in higher education, accommodations, reading and math requirements, and student rights and responsibilities.  There is no charge for this event and limited seating.   Please register in advance to attend this sessio n.  
I DA President, Hal Malchow, shares an update on the current events and direction of the national organization.   Read more.

Diana Hanbury King discusses how the brain benefits from learning to write letters by hand. Read more.