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…until everyone can read.

We are happy you found IDA of Northern Ohio (NOBIDA).

We are a branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the premier non-profit literacy organization dedicated to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based, quantitative research in literacy instruction.

Learn the difference between qualitative and quantitative research, and why it is important to know how studies were conducted to make better informed decisions on literacy instruction.

Welcome, from the President

NOBIDA offers multiple resources, educational events, and an optimistic support network for dyslexic individuals and all advocates seeking a better understanding of dyslexia. Comprised of educators, researchers, and invested community members, we pledge to work tirelessly until everyone can read.

Reach out today if you need support.

Winter 2021/2022

33rd Annual Symposium Registration is Now Open! 

Our Annual Symposium will take place on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, 2022. Friday evening will include a live Kick-Off and Keynote Presentation with Marilyn Zecher from 6:30-8:30 pm. Saturday will include a full day of live Break Out Sessions running from 8 am-5 pm. Presentations hosted by Michelle Elia, Carolyn Hunter, Dr. Cheryl Chase, Ellen Brick, Marilyn Zecher, Morgan Amend, Deb Glaser, Mary Dahlgreen, and Van Lemmon.

Find all presentation, pricing, and registration details here.

Symposium 2022, Defy Gravity: Evidence-Based Tools to Launch All Learners, will provide hands-on methods and theories to help guide your work with students and your own children. These will be particularly useful as our state begins to implement HB 436 requirements.

We invite you to register and learn with us in 2022

In ongoing news, HB 436, Connor’s Odyssey: The Right to Read Law (HB 436) has been enacted to ensure an effective education for all Ohio learners. 

To fulfill HB 436 requirements, a Dyslexia Committee was formed last year to create “a dyslexia guidebook for screening, intervention, and remediation for children with dyslexia or displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies.” (HB 436 Code)

Teachers, administrators, parents, and advocates, we encourage your support for Structured Literacy Curricula and what we know works in identifying and supporting students with dyslexic characteristics. 

Review the Dyslexia Guidebook here. Find all these links and more on the ODE Dyslexia Supports page. 

This document sets forth criteria for the universal screeners, teacher training, and Structured Literacy Curriculum to fulfill HB 436 requirements in our state’s schools. 

Structured Literacy is defined as a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction that research has shown to be effective for all students and essential for students with dyslexia. It is also beneficial for English learners (Baker et al., 2014; Gersten et al., 2008; Kamil et al., 2008; Vaughan et al., 2006).

As an organization, we know that a Structured Literacy Curriculum follows the Science of Reading research, aligns with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards, and is accredited by IDA, IMSLEC, ALTA, or AOGPE.

Structured Literacy addresses all aspects of literacy in an explicit, systematic, cumulative manner.

It is diagnostic, prescriptive, and comprised of the following components:

  • Phonology to include phonemic awareness
  • Sound -Symbol Association
  • Syllables
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics

For more information about the framework of Structured Literacy refer to IDA of Central Ohio’s Roadmap 1.0 document.

You can review the details of HB 436 and all updates on our Branch News Page “HB 436 Next Steps.”

If you have further questions about Structured Literacy and NOBIDA’s resources, please reach out.

Thank you,

Andrea Thomas, M.Ed., C.A.L.T.

NOBIDA Board President

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