November News & Updates
Welcome to the IDA, Oregon Branch monthly newsletter.  What a beautiful beginning to November.   To stay up to date on all of our activities, please visit our website at

Essential Elements of Dyslexia Legislation in Oregon 

In honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month and to help teachers, administrators and stakeholders understand the new Oregon dyslexia legislation and the requirements for its implementation, the Oregon branch of IDA created this short, informational video. Thank you to Dr. Carrie Thomas-Beck, ODE's Dyslexia Specialist, for her collaboration on this project!
To learn more, click video
Oregon Dyslexia Legislation FAQs 2017
Oregon Dyslexia Legislation FAQs 2017

We hope that this video will be a valuable and useful resource.  Please share it with your community using the following link

To learn more, please visit the ODE website.  You will find complete details regarding implementation requirements of the law on the  Dyslexia homepage.

FUN Fundraisers you don't want to miss

Jared Blank is raising money to support students with dyslexia in Oregon!  This January he will be running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents!  

Bethany Pub Fundraiser:
Come eat at the Bethany Public House ( 4840 NW Bethany Blvd., Portland ) between  11am - 9pm , this  Sunday, November 5th  and they will donate 15% of your total bill to IDA, Oregon Branch!  

Meet Jared in person and hear his inspirational story between 4 pm and 6 pm.

You must bring this flyer, or an electronic picture of this flyer for your donation to count!  Click here for flyer.  

Big Heart, Long Run
You can join Jared on  November 7th  at Fleet Feet ( 2258 NW Raleigh St., Portland ) for a fun run 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Entry is $5 and all contributions support the IDA, Oregon Branch . If you want more information on the fun run, click  here

For more  information  about Jared and his run, follow this link to 

CONGRATULATIONS to our Scholarships winners:

This year Oregon will have 44 delegates at the National IDA conference in Atlanta.  We are so pleased to announce our scholarship winners for this year.  We look forward to meeting you in Atlanta!

Dollie Marie Becktold (Halfway, OR)
Adriana Espinosa (Corvallis, OR)
Liliana Jimenez (Forest Grove, OR)
Jan C. White (Redmond, OR)

Special thanks to  Cherida Collins Smith whose generous support funds these scholarships. 

Many years ago Cherida was a student of Gloria Davis, a past president of IDA- Oregon.  Gloria took her to an IDA national conference and Cherida thought it was so wonderful that she wanted Oregon teachers to be able to attend.  This is how the scholarship fund began - 30 years ago.  We have been able to help teachers attend the IDA National Conference every year since 1987!
Dyslexia Awareness Month Recap

Light it Up Red
On Sunday, October 15th, a capacity crowd of over 175 attendees joined together at Kell's Irish Pub in Portland to celebrate our community at Light it Up Red!  Jared Blank shared his personal story of dyslexia, captivating everyone with his self-confidence and accomplishments.  Kids and adults alike were inspired!  Our Student Panel was there to hand out bracelets stating "You Are Not Alone".  Thank you to everyone for such an uplifting night which helped kids and families feel empowered and supported. 

Upcoming Events from IDA, Oregon Branch

November 15th:  IDA - Oregon Annual meeting will be held at  Edison High School from 7 pm  to 9 pm.   All are welcome.  Details can be found at our website. Annual Meeting

December 9th: Join us in Forest Grove for "Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia". To register, click  here.  

We have many other upcoming training and informational events in the next few months. Please look at our event page  here for more information.

IDA-Oregon | info@orbida.orghttp://or.dyslexiaida.org |