March News & Updates
Welcome to the IDA, Oregon Branch monthly newsletter.  Only a few more days until our annual symposium.  To stay up to date on all of our activities, please visit our website at

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Annual Spring Symposium with
Dr. David Kilpatrick

"Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention"  
DAVID A. KILPATRICK, PHD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York College at Cortland and a New York State Certified School Psychologist with the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. An expert and experienced clinician who excels in reading assessment and intervention, Dr. Kilpatrick has conducted over 1,000 student evaluations for reading difficulties and disabilities.  Click here  to register.  

Don't forget to get his books ahead of time, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties and/or Equipped for Reading Success.  If you order  through Amazon Smile, search for the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, choose us as your designated charity and they will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our Branch. 

Special thanks to our sponsors!


World Marathon Challenge

What an inspiration!  

Jared Blank finished the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents) in 10th place over all!  He is working on his fundraising goal of $50,000 for the IDA.  You can still contribute on his TeamQuest page.  

If you missed it, he was on OPB Think  Out Loud.  Listen to his interview here.  You can also read more about him at

Oregon Technology Access Program

The  Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP)  is celebrating 30 years of providing services across Oregon. OTAP provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Check out their  website for news and events, professional development, webinars, and a loan library. 
Member Spotlight

We love our members!  Each month, we would like to spotlight an IDA, Oregon Branch member in our newsletter.  If you are interested in telling us about yourself and your work, please let us know.  Email us at [email protected].

IDA student leaders demonstrate assistive technology for dyslexia.

March 1, 2018 - Kudos to our four student leaders who demonstrated Apps and chrome extensions to assist with reading, writing, spelling and homework organization. 

The audience consisted of families from Lake Oswego and the surrounding areas as well as some teachers.  They were all captivated by the students' self-advocacy and their use of tools to help them acces s the curriculum and work to their full potential in school! 

The meeting was hosted by Lake Oswego School District's Parent Advisory Council for Special Services.   The evening also included an informative presentation by Phyllis Petty from Portland Community College Disability Services. Lake Oswego School District families were thankful to have the support of the IDA-Oregon Branch at this event!

Special thanks to IDA - Oregon board member Michele Barnett for helping to organize this event.
Upcoming Dyslexia Related Events
March 5th   Introduction to Understanding Dyslexia @ Providence Portland Medical Center 7-9 pm.  Sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia Oregon

March 10th Our Annual Symposium with David Kilpatrick  @ Marylhurst University 
8 am-4 pm

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