'promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy'
Your First Newsletter of 2020
Introducing our new board member
Larissa Whalen Garfias, PA-C

I became interested in dyslexia when my 5th-grade son was diagnosed in 2017. I realized that I knew very little about dyslexia despite working in primary care. Through that experience, I learned first-hand the challenges that face children, parents, and educators when identifying and supporting kids with dyslexia. 

I also began to see how the secondary consequences of reading disabilities such as dyslexia were affecting my patients. Working at Virginia Garcia with families served in the Federally Qualified Health Center, I immediately saw the need to advocate within my organization for sweeping changes to better identify children with reading disabilities and promote dyslexia awareness among my colleagues. 

I believe that we as a medical system could do far better in identifying dyslexia, advocating for individual and system-wide change, and letting our patients know that they are not alone – just as we have done for autism, ADHD, substance use and depression. It is a failure on our part to treat a 15-year-old boy who is failing school for depression and suicidal ideation when we could have intervened at age 6 or 7 to identify dyslexia and provide the support he needed. As part of this effort, we are partnering with members of the IDA-Oregon Branch to create low-literacy Spanish language materials – materials that are severely lacking throughout the country.

Annual Spring Symposium with Charles Haynes
'From Talking to Writing'
Dr. Charles Haynes  is a Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Graduate Program in Communications Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. 

As Research Coordinator and Director of Speech-Language Services at the Landmark School from 1979-199, he and colleagues developed one of U.S.’s first language-based curricula for children with dyslexia and expressive language impairments. 

March 14, 2020.  The IDA - Oregon Branch Spring Symposium is proud to offer  From Talking to Writing: Word and Sentence-Level Strategies that Support Narrative and Expository Writing  presented by Dr. Charles W. Haynes. 

Registration is now open. Take advantage of early bird pricing. 

Summer Institute on Dyslexia and Early Literacy
We are pleased to be partnering with the University of Portland School of Education , Decoding Dyslexia Oregon , and Orton-Gillingham International to host a week-long OG Basic Course for Reading, Spelling, and Writing in the
Summer Institute
on Dyslexia and Early Literacy .
June 21-26
Spaces are limited so sign up here.
A Message from Sonja Banks, IDA's CEO: 
Structured Literacy Benefits All Students, 
Especially Those with Dyslexia (Who Do Exist!)
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Board Member Jared Blank shares his story in 
Running the Distance
I am grateful for the opportunity to share one of my most difficult challenges . Sure, I've run the @worldmarathonchallenge777 and finished a few other endurance challenges, but this one was tougher.

In July of 2017, @therealmigzilla issued me with my greatest challenge: to write a book about my struggles with dyslexia and my journey with running. Two-and-a-half years later, the book is here. It was officially released at the @dyslexiaida, IDA Annual Conference on Reading, Literacy and Learning held in Portland, OR in November 2019. 

100% of the sale proceeds will support the IDA’s work on the cause I have spent the last few years of my life fighting for: students struggling with dyslexia.

Writing the book motivated me more than ever to keep the conversation going. Making a real, discernible difference in the lives of people with dyslexia is my continuing goal. I am thankful for the @dyslexiaida, @madewithvadela, and @douce.denise for their help in making this happen.

The book is available through the IDA website: CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Strengthening Our Local Branch
Do you know if your membership is current? Are you aware of your membership benefits ?

Be sure your membership is current before you register for the annual spring symposium so that you are eligible for the discounted rates.

Your membership in our branch enables the work we do and truly makes a difference in our community.
... until all Oregonians can read!
At the start of this new year, please consider an investment in furthering our mission . #UntilEveryoneCanRead

"Participating with the Student Panel has let me build new friendships with people who understand me AND has given me an opportunity to give my perspective to teachers."

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