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The Houston Branch

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HBIDA Annual Meeting

December 1, 2014


College Panel

January 7, 2015

Parent Networking Group Coffee

January 10, 2015


HBIDA Conference

Michele Berg, Ph. D.

February 21, 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.

IDA Fact Sheet

When Educational Promises Are Too Good to Be True

HBIDA Fall Symposium

Fall Symposium 2014
Dr. Cheryl Ann Chase spoke on Executive Functioning at HBIDA's Fall Symposium, September 27, 2014.  Her lecture, entitled, "Recognizing Weak Executive Functioning and Reducing Its Negative Impact on Learning and Performance,"was well-received by attendees.  Comments included:

"Excellent presentation, now I understand terminology when I hear executive functioning skills."; 

"Dr. Chase needs to make a film of her talk so more people can hear what she says!"; and 

"Best presentation in the 22 years I've attended HBIDA events!!".

Fall Symposium 2014

Gordon Doran (pictured above with his wife, Lori (right), and his children's therapist, Katie Blackwell (left)) shared his perspective as a child with dyslexia and how he overcame his reading difficulties to become a successful entrepreneur.  Audience comments included:

"Wonderful to see his success in life and how his dyslexia was perceived in the past!  Positive attitude!";

"You give all my students great encouragement!";

"Great to hear a personal success story!";

"I wish my students had been here to hear this powerful speaker!"; and

"What courage! He gives hope to all of us as we deal with any personal obstacle or difficulty!".

Fall Symposium 2014

Leeann Rudolph, center, with, from left to right, Griselda Reyna, John Murtell, Kathy Edwards, and Jessica Harris, HBIDA Board President, received the 2014 Leadership in Literacy Award in recognition of exemplary leadership in education that encourages literacy, reading and student achievement.  This award is given by the Houston Branch to individuals who have fostered literacy instruction and understanding of dyslexia in a school or school district.  Leeann is Dyslexia Coordinator at Brazosport Independent School District, Freeport, Texas.  Click here to read more about Leeann's work to support literacy in her community.

News from IDA

Former IDA board member, Jeffrey Gilger, Ph.D., and his team at the University of California-Merced have been conducting brain-imaging studies on the neurobiological processes in adults with dyslexia and in a subgroup who also are gifted in nonverbal-spatial abilities.  Read more.

Dr. Dave's AT Lab looks at assistive technology tools in reading for children in grades one through three.  Read more.
Read an interview with Cameron Herold, recipient of this year's Pinnacle Award.  This award was created to recognize an individual with dyslexia who has publicly acknowledged his dyslexia, made significant achievements in his field of interest, is leading a successful life, and is a role model for others with dyslexia.  Read more.

Watch a video presentation by Christopher Kaufman, Ph.D., "A Conversation about Reading and the Brain", posted by Reading Matters to Maine.  Click here to watch the video.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity has published the
Dyslexia Declaration of Rights.  You can download a free poster which outlines these rights.