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Dear Friend of ORBIDA,

The year maybe coming to a close, but the Dyslexia community is ramped up to start the New Year!  Between ORBIDA, Decoding Dyslexia - OR, Portland Public Schools (and their sponsors), West Hills Christian School, and Park Academy, we have A LOT going on.  Some of these registration deadlines are coming up soon, so check out the events below, and don't miss out!  

Here's a list of events coming up in the next six weeks or so:

Monday, Jan. 6:  Dyslexia Simulation
Wednesday, Jan. 8: Portland Area Parent Support Group
Thurs.-Sat, Jan. 9-11:  Laura Rogan's "Wired for Reading" (Advanced Course) (Registration deadline Jan. 2)
Monday, Jan. 13: Louisa Moats,  "Reading Assessment and Intervention" Restrictive registration  (Members register online).
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Noelle Sisk, FACT - Oregon, "Effective Advocacy"
Monday, Jan. 20: Vancouver Area Parent Support Group
Monday, Jan. 27:  Dislecksia: The Movie
Thursday, Feb. 6:  Dr. Sapna Prasad, "iPad Apps for Organization" (Registration deadline Jan. 5)
Friday, Feb. 7:  Dr. Sapna Prasad, "Strategies for Improving Executive Function and School Success" (Registration deadline Jan. 5)

... and don't forget our 39th Annual Conference on 
Saturday, March 8th: A Day with Dr. Anita Archer -- Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

See below for details on all events  (events in chronological order) or check out our events page here.

If you would like to support our efforts, please consider a year-end tax-deductible donation to ORBIDA.  You can do that in several ways:  we have a "donate" button on our web site; we also accept good ol' checks sent to our PO Box; and finally we'd like to remind you that ORBIDA can be designated on their United Way donations, or other workplace giving campaigns.  We love employer-matching gifts too!

Happy New Year to all!

Walk in the Shoes of Dyslexic: A Dyslexia Simulation
Presented by ORBIDA for Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, and featuring our popular Student Panel!
cartoon-sneakers.jpg The experience will enforce the importance of understanding dyslexia and other learning differences and why approaches to teaching must be modified to ensure student success. Following the exercises, a feedback session will explain the concepts and provide some recommended solutions. 

Event Info
Monday, January 6
7-9 pm

Providence Portland Medical Center

Cancer Center

4805 Northeast Glisan Street Social Room

Portland Area Parent Support Group

mother-son-hug.jpg Just starting out on this journey?  Need some answers?  Need to vent?  Meet with like-minded parents who've traveled the same road.

Event Info
Wednesday, January 8
7-8:30 pm
  Wise Choice Educational Solutions
10175 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 214B 
Portland, OR
Wired for Reading - Advanced Course
electrical plugAn incredibly dynamic speaker, Laura Rogan will present the Advanced Course of her "Wired for Reading" program.  This course is designed for teachers and parents working with children reading at a third grade reading level or higher.  The material in the Advanced course stands alone.  You do not need to take the Introductory courses to sign up for the Advanced class.  

Dates: Thursday, January 9th, 4:30-7:45pm
Friday, January 10, 4:30-7:45pm
Saturday, January 11th,  8:15-4:30am
Tuition: $245 (includes materials if full tuition is paid by registration deadline). Deposit of $150 reserves place.

(Late Registration fee: $330)
West Hills Christian School
7945 Southwest Capitol Hill Road
Portland, OR

A Day with Louisa Moats: Reading Assessment and Intervention  
Dr. Louisa Moats is a nationally recognized expert on how we learn to read, and what happens when children fail to learn to read.  

*This event is only open to participating partners.

The event is presented by Portland Public Schools and Community Reading Partners, including Decoding Dyslexia - OR, ORBIDA, the Blosser Center, Learning Disabilities Assoc. of Oregon, Oregon School Psychologists Assoc., Oregon Speech & Hearing Association, and Pacific University
Event Info

Monday, January, 13, 2014

10am-12 noon:  Common Core Standards and Students with Disabilities
1:30- 3:00pm: Dyslexia 101: Reading Development and Definitions of Dyslexia/ Reading Disabilities



Marshall High School

  3905 SE 91st Avenue

  Portland, OR


To register, click here (free to IDA members!!) Must be a member. 

For flyer, click here 

ORBIDA Lecture Series
  Effective Advocacy
January 14, 2014
Topic focuses on the communication
"chain of command" in schools
Speaker: Noelle Sisk, FACT-Oregon 
(Family and Community Together)

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thomas Edison High School
(on the Jesuit High School Campus)
9020 Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
Portland, OR
$5 for ORBIDA members/ $10 for non-members

Vancouver Parents!!

Dyslexia Parent Support Group for you
Monday January 20, 2014
(3rd Monday of the month)
7-8:30 pm

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98683
Dislecksia:  The Movie
Presented by Decoding Dyslexia - OR
movie-tickets2.jpgDislecksia: The Movie is a powerfully touching and entertaining documentary that mixes humor and perspective with insight and analysis.  The film educates and illuminates many misconceptions about dyslexia, while underlining the need for raised awareness, early identification and social change.
January 27, 7:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:00 pm)
McMenamins Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St./ Portland, OR
$7 per person (minors with parent or guardian only)


For more information and to buy tickets, click here 


iPad Apps for Organization and 

Strategies for Improving Executive Function and School Success

Two workshops presented by Park Academy, in partnership with Landmark College Institute for Research and Training 
tablet_illustration.jpgDr. Sapna Prasad will lead two one-day workshops meant for secondary teachers & parents, college & university professors, principals, school heads, administrators, educational consultants, curriculum coordinators and staff developers, learning specialists, special educators, disability support staff, tutors and advisers.

iPad Apps for Organization on Thurs., Feb. 6, 9am- 3pm
Strategies for Improving Executive Function and School Success, February 7, 9 am- 3 pm.

Tuition: $150 per workshop
Register by January 5th

Location: Park Academy
located on the Marylhurst University campus
17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, Oregon


For Workshops Flyer, click here 
...and don't forget our 39th Annual Conference
 A Day with Dr. Anita Archer
Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented-and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. 

All conference registrants will receive a copy of the book.

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early Reg. (before 1/31/14): $155 for ORBIDA members
$180 for non-members

Place: Holiday Inn Portland South
25425 SW 95th Avenue
Wilsonville, OR 

For more details, click here
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  Washington State
Dyslexia Resource Guide

A resource guide for parents and teachers of Washington state was recently posted on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website.  The Washington Branch of IDA worked in cooperation with OSPI to develop this guide.  Help us get the word out!

Download this free guide

  You'll become a member of ORBIDA at the same time.

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