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The Northern Ohio International Dyslexia Association (NOBIDA) has a new name!  We are International Dyslexia Association Northern Ohio (IDA).  Internationally, IDA has 42 branches, and it is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families and all others interested in The Association’s mission. The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. IDA supports and encourages interdisciplinary research. IDA facilitates the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and is committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge. Under one name, one mission and one team rallying for the cause: Until Everyone Can Read!

Nationally we have experienced progress during my tenure. Hal Malchow, joined IDA as Chairman, Rick Smith, Chief Executive, and Newton Guerin, as Chief Operating Officer in 2015.  This team has been instrumental in unifying the Association’s nationwide operations and brand enhancement. Together they make a formidable team and have been the catalyst for the positive changes we have seen.  Organizing IDA’s Destiny Team that is designed to implement IDA first global brand advancement: TeamQuest.  Program development, integrity and organizing strategies to allow our IDA to be the best of the best.  Because of our National leaders ability to lead we are locally stronger.  For additional information visit our National website:

Locally IDA is evolving.  Our yearly symposium has moved from the spring to the fall and we are excited to present a fabulous symposium on Friday October 20,2017.   We no longer have printed newsletters but enjoy digital newsletters.  We have more offerings for our parent support group(s), summer workshops, and facilitate dyslexia simulations throughout the school year.  And of course, our new website. IDA is a working board and our board members have worked hard for these changes and their efforts should be celebrated! I would like to take this moment to say, “THANK YOU” For all the effort and work…

Until everyone can read!

Jennifer LaHaie, M.Ed., CALT
IDA – Northern Ohio

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