Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
The Newsletter of the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Academic Year Wrap-Up/ 
Looking Ahead
Summer 2014
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Student Panel PSA
2013 Scholarships
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Symposium with Louisa Moats
Parent Conference 2014
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Parent Workshop: Dyslexia Training Institute,  "A Fresh Start for Fall" - Sept. 20

IDA Annual Conference - November 12-15
Scholarship applications due
Sept 12.

ORBIDA's 40th Annual Conference: Ron Yoshimoto, "Enhancing Reading and Spelling Instruction in the Public Schools:  Using Orton-Gillingham for ALL Students" - March 14, 2015

For links to these events, and for all upcoming happenings, see ORBIDA's Events page.


ORBIDA Board Members
Shelbe Park, President
Judy Wright, Vice President
Myrna Soule, Secretary
Gary Wright, Treasurer
Evelyn Bejarano De Kiraly, Director
Jane Cooper, Director
Teresa Falk, Director
Ginny Hackenbruck, Director
Anne Mauboussin, Director
Lynne Meyerowitz, Director
Teresa Roberts, Director
Before we launch into another hectic year, we wanted to tell you about the exciting year we just had!  Here's a recap:  
  • we made our own Public Service Announcement;
  • held our first parent workshop in Bend with Laura Rogan (Dyslexia 101), Mathieu Jazbinschek (Technology for Dyslexia), our student panel, and a viewing of, and discussion about the movie "The Journey of Dyslexia;"
  • organized the annual ORBIDA conference in March with Anita Archer;
  • had a workshop in Assessment and Testing in Schools with Jim Hanson;
  • continued our lecture series with 7 speakers throughout the year;
  • held Dyslexia simulations in Hood River, Portland, and at Pacific University;
  • showed off our newly formed student panel , that spoke in Portland, Bend, Hood River, and Vancouver, WA;  
  • co-sponsored a day-long symposium with Louisa Moats;
  • held parent support groups in Portland and Vancouver, WA; 
  • organized a Family Fun Day in October; and  
  • held our Annual Membership Meeting in November.  
If you are interested in hosting a dyslexia simulation or having our student panel present for you, please contact me.  

In the meantime, enjoy the sun!

Shelbe Park
President, ORBIDA
We made our own PSA!
PSA screenshot 
Help ORBIDA's student panel share their message. Every teacher needs to know about dyslexia!  Together we can educate our communities!

2013 IDA Conference 
Scholarship Recipients
IDA sch rec '13
From left to right: Carrie Swanson (Richland, OR), Lisa Lyon (Portland, OR), Katelyn Marie Newman (Vancouver, WA), Shelbe Park (ORBIDA Pres.), Moira Finnegan (Portland, OR). [Not pictured: Sarah Davis (Portland, OR)]

This year, it could be you!!

Scholarships are available to attend the IDA's annual conference.  Visit our website for a link to the scholarship requirements and application: Annual IDA Conference

The application deadline is September 12, 2014.
Jim Hanson 
2014 Holloway Award Recipient


This award is given for distinguished service to ORBIDA over many years.  Jim is a past vice-president of ORBIDA, works as a school psychologist for Portland Public Schools, and has been an instrumental partner with ORBIDA over many years through his work with OSPA and PPS.
Day-long Symposium with
Louisa Moats


ORBIDA, in partnership with Portland Public Schools, Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, and five other groups, co-sponsored a day-long symposium featuring Dr. Louisa C. Moats in January.  Dr. Moats shared her expertise on reconciling the Common Core State Standards with reading research, and Dyslexia 101, to an audience of more than 400 educators from around our region.


The 2nd Annual Parent Workshop 
Sept. 20, 2014
parent conf 2014


The first half of the program will feature Dr. Kelli-Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretsky from the Dyslexia Training Institute who will provide us with an overview of Dyslexia and strategies for advocating for your child in schools.  They've seen it all and are ready to share!!

The second half will feature the Student Panel, discussing their personal experience in public school.

Then, FACT-Oregon will help families create a person-centered plan that allows our students to develop a plan for themselves that incorporates their strengths and interests to use when dealing with schools.  

Saturday, September 20th 8:00-5:00
Community of ChristChurch, Hillsboro

Register by August 31st for the early-bird discount.