Your newsletter for September
United in Spirit

For many of us, 2020 has been a year fraught with challenges. The effects of Covid-19 on our collective health, job security, education, and ability to connect with our friends and family, have taken a heavy toll.

And although we've faced significant adversity this year, we're now faced with even more hardship, as millions of acres of forest have burned, inundating our air with hazardous smoke. Countless people have been forced to evacuate, homes have been lost, and sadly, lives have been taken.

The task of getting "back to normal" will certainly require grit. But if we all work together, we can walk the path together, United in Spirit for a bright future.

As we walk the path together, challenge yourself to do a small act of kindness each day.

Take a moment to thank your local health care providers. Acknowledge the heroism of your local fire department. Check in with the vulnerable in your neighborhood. Share some food made from a secret family recipe with your neighbors. Donate toys and books to a neighborhood family.

We're all in this together. Let's be strong. Let's be forgiving. And let's be courageous.

"Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'”

 – Mary Anne Radmacher
Assistive technology in the Montessori Prepared Environment
September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a live streamed workshop in partnership with the Oregon Montessori Association.

Learn strategies and discover tools to support neurodiverse students during distance learning.

Participation is open to the public and is by donation.

Download and share the flyer.
We are grateful to ENGAGE for their support in hosting and providing technical support for this event.
Would you like to save some money? We have great news! The Early Bird registration for DyslexiaCon20 has been extended for all IDA members!

To take advantage of the Early Bird pricing, register by September 15, 2020 to secure the member rate of $50 off the Standard Registration, and $80 off the Premium Registration!
Enjoy access to 11 great sessions in the Advocacy/Community/Family Track including the Socio-Emotional Symposium on Friday. 
Registration also includes special LIVE sessions specifically for youth and parents; Virtual Exhibit Hall; Virtual Poster Sessions; Live Chats; Networking Opportunities; and Engaging Activities. You also have 72- hour access to these conference session recordings on the virtual platform.
Join us with a FREE membership!
In celebration and honor of teachers around the world working through challenging and unprecedented times, IDA is pleased to announce FREE IDA memberships for all in-service and pre-service teachers!
In addition to FREE IDA membership, if you register to become a new IDA member by September 30, 2020, you will be entered to win one of two (2) Classroom Supply Giveaway Packs for the school classroom of their choice!
Whether you're a college student or graduate student studying to become a teacher, or a seasoned educator, we welcome you as an IDA Member!
Join our weekly Student Empowerment conversations each Monday night at 7 pm PDT on Instagram Live by searching @DyslexiaYouAreNotAlone.

This week, Jared S Blank and his guest explore the intersection of social media with dyslexia. 

Alex Rios is a social media and marketing expert and consultant. He currently consults and advises companies, sports teams as well as athletes on their social presence and marketing tactics. He is formally the Director of Recruiting at USC Football and once shoved the DFO of USC at a CVS. 

Previous interviews may be viewed on our YouTube channel - IDA Oregon

Accommodations 101

As the new school year begins, now is an excellent time to review our library of student accommodations.

But what, exactly, is a student accommodation? Simply put, an accommodation is a "tool" to help a student achieve their best, whether it's learning, or testing what they've learned. "What" the student produces is the same, whether it's completing a classroom project, quiz, homework, or essay. An accommodation assists a student in completing their work, just as reading glasses help some of us read, or hearing aids assist some of us to hear better.

Accommodations can take many forms, including extra time, the use of technology, distraction-free areas, frequent breaks, etc. To see how YOUR child can benefit from accommodations, take a look at our Accommodations library.
Help IDA - Oregon Branch Support Struggling Readers!
Join us during Dyslexia Awareness Month for the 2020 Virtual Dyslexia Dash 5K Run/Walk.

Whether you are a professional runner preparing for a marathon or half-marathon, or a recreational athlete, this event is for you.

  • Simply register to run or walk at
  • Choose the course, day and time you want to run or walk.
  • Post your race/walk time between Oct. 24 - Nov. 1.
Each participant will receive by mail:

  • Our very cool, commemorative 2020 Dyslexia Dash T-shirt
  • Ribbon with special 2020 medal
  • "Until Everyone Can Read" wristband
  • Race bag
  • Lots of swag

Download the flyer here
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