Sometimes as parents it can feel as if we are stuck in a maze searching for professionals with knowledge and experience in dealing with dyslexia or even knowing where to start the search. Many of the organizations listed below have a list of criteria that providers must meet in order to be listed in their referral directory. The organizations listed below are not all inclusive, but a good starting point. Another good strategy is to ask for referrals from other parents or professionals.
The International Dyslexia Association’s Provider Directories have a wide range of professionals knowledgeable and experienced in advocating, evaluating, and teaching those with dyslexia.
To become a dyslexia services provider listed in these directories:
- You must be a member of IDA
Become a Member
- You can apply for a listing in the local directory.
Apply as Local Provider
- You can apply for a listing on the international directory by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
Advocates and Attorneys
- Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) provides Parent Mentors free of charge to help in advocating for a child with disabilities and free parent training courses.
- Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
- The National Special Education Advocacy Institute (NSEAI)
Tutors and Teachers
Please note that the International Dyslexia Association has published the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading, a comprehensive document supported by research which details the knowledge and skills teachers need to teach reading effectively. These Standards have now shifted the focus away from specific reading programs and curriculum to teacher preparation that aligns with these standards.
- Accredited University Programs
- Accredited Independent Training Programs
- Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
- The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE): please email Info@OrtonAcademy.org to find an instructor in your area.
- Children’s Dyslexia Centers
- The Dyslexia Foundation
- National Institute for Learning Development
- Orton Gillingham International
IDA Northern does not officially endorse, promote, represent, sponsor, or have any legal connection to any of the resources listed. Many parents have found these resources to be very useful in their journey to learn more about dyslexia and how to better advocate for their children.
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