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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.

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.

Fall 2021

NOBIDA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council are hard at work developing new resources for our community. 

In honor of October as Dyslexia Awareness month, we have opened up our video vault full of helpful resources and have added new content to our collection. 

To celebrate, we invite you to participate in our Fall Webinar Series: Digital Access Granted which is open for registration and features 13 video presentations, 4 of which are ALL NEW content! 

Register today and gain access to all the videos at your own pace. Ticket purchase gains you access for 3 full months, streaming October 1, 2021-December 31st, 2021. 

The presentations included in NOBIDA’s 32nd Annual Symposium, “Originally Ohio,” focused around the new legislation, Connor’s Odyssey: The Right to Read Law (HB 436). The powerful content illuminates Ohio’s evolving ability to serve our state’s dyslexic students.

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

HB 436 requires the formation of a Dyslexia Committee. Tasked with creating a Dyslexia Handbook by December 31, 2021, the committee will set forth criteria for the universal screeners, teacher training, and Structured Literacy Curriculum.

At this time, criteria decisions have not been made and no programs have been approved.

However, we know that Structured Literacy Curriculums follow the Science of Reading research, align with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards, and are accredited by IDA, IMSLEC, ALTA, or AOGPE.

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).

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.

Curriculum decisions should not be made until the Dyslexia Handbook is released.

The Dyslexia Handbook will walk you through making these decisions and the information in the handbook will be of great value in serving ALL learners.

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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