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COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

Dallas IDA put in place preventative measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at its events and activities, including suggesting masks and having hand sanitizer readily available. However, Dallas IDA cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19 by attending and/or participating in its events.  Attending and/or participating in Dallas IDA’s events during the COVID-19 pandemic could expose you to someone who has been infected with COVID-19 and increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

By participating in any Dallas IDA events, you: (1) acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19; (2) voluntarily assume all risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19; and (3) agree to release, covenant not to sue, discharge and hold harmless Dallas IDA and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives from any and all claims arising out of or related to exposure to COVID-19, including but not limited to claims for personal injury, illness, disability, death, economic loss, and expenses of any kind.

 Dallas IDA respectfully asks you not to participate in any of our in-person events if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell).




Early Literacy Tutoring Opportunity

Partners in Opportunity, a local non-profit dedicated to closing the achievement gap, is looking for volunteer Literacy Tutors for an after-school tutoring program for low-income early elementary school children in grades K-2. This is a unique opportunity for students to earn practicum hours needed to complete course requirements for the SMU Learning Therapy program or other graduate/undergraduate courses in the field of education, and to earn hours toward CALP or CALT certification, while making a significant difference in the lives of underprivileged kids. The program runs Monday through Friday on campus at SMU.

Please see the Literacy Tutor Job Description. Literacy Tutors will use a structured literacy curriculum and will receive support and training from a Lead Dyslexia Interventionist with extensive expertise in early literacy. The time commitment for literacy tutors is 4:15-5:15, Monday through Friday. Tutors will work one-on-one with a given student throughout their involvement in the program.

If you have students in your program who are looking for hours or may be interested in the program, they can fill out an application here: Tutor Application

If they have any questions, they can email


Cover of The Asset Fall 2020

The International Dyslexia Association Dallas Branch is excited to relaunch its publication The Asset. The Asset will be published in the Fall and Spring. Click here to read The Asset.

The Asset welcomes contributions from the membership for full-length feature articles, book reviews, helpful applications, and materials. Please submit all manuscripts and articles for consideration to Harrian Stern,



Are you a person with dyslexia aged 15 – 21? Do you know someone who is? Please consider joining:

International Youth and Young Adult Advocate Program (YAP) 
IDA’s YAP participants are a network of role models whose sole responsibility is to champion and support the efforts of IDA’s mission through international communication. By serving as an International YAP participant you are showing the world your commitment to the advancement of dyslexia research and the many programs that IDA offers.
Will you join IDA in creating a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and the access to tools and resources they need?



Join Our Mission

Support from members of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has allowed us to continue to educate our community and share the latest research in the field of dyslexia. As we commemorate IDA’s 70th anniversary, we are on a mission to train 7,000 teachers, educate 70,0000 children, and support 700,000 families!
We invite you to join our mission and take advantage of IDA Member benefits, including the new and exciting benefits below:
    • My IDA Perks Free access to My IDA Perks. A network of nationwide discounts.
    • IDA Stores Members receive a 15% discount on IDA’s books and merchandise.
    • IDA Member Facebook Group Expand your network and share information, ideas, and resources.
    • Annual CEU Discounts Professional and teacher members will receive one discounted on-demand conference recording per calendar year.

Become a Member Online Link

Print Membership Application Learn About the Different Membership Categories



IDA Recognized as an “Outstanding Organization” by the Child Mind Institute and crowd-sourced Votes


The Child Mind Institute is a national, independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their annual Change Maker Awards celebrate individuals and organizations who raise awareness and dispel stigma, help children and families directly, or work to transform the way we understand and treat mental health and learning differences.

This spring, the Child Mind Institute nominated the International Dyslexia Association for their Outstanding Organization award that is won by crowd-sourced voting. “This award recognizes an organization for their uncompromising support of young people who struggle with mental health and learning disorders and the professionals who work to help them is results-oriented and have proven success.”

IDA wishes to thank all of its members, volunteers, staff and the entire dyslexia community for contributing to 70 years of changing lives and for taking the time to vote for a cause that has an impact on every person struggling to do something most of us take for granted.

See what other organizations and individuals are being recognized at the Change Maker Awards here.




On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Branch, I welcome you.  We are here to serve our community, particularly those with dyslexia, and do so primarily through conferences, speakers, and our scholarship fund. 

Our name is a little misleading because it makes it sound as if we only serve the Dallas area.  However, our branch covers portions of:

Texas (Zip codes: 75000-76499, 76600-76999, 79000-79799)

Arkansas (Zip codes: 71600-72999)

Oklahoma (Zip codes: 73000-73799)

Take a look around and please contact us with any questions or comments.

Emily Visinsky

International Dyslexia Association
Dallas Branch


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