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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.

Literacy instruction is influenced by qualitative and quantitative research. Learn which studies have helped influence informed decisions on literacy instruction.

Welcome, from the President

NOBIDA is made up of an all volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council including educators, researchers, parents, and advocates.

We are a community of individuals, a network not a physical location, offering hope, education, and the opportunity for personal success to people with dyslexia and those that interact with them in Northeastern Ohio.  

Our offerings include workshops for educators and parents, an annual symposium event, dyslexia simulations, and many other resources.

Enthusiastic about our mission, we pledge to work tirelessly until everyone can read.

Reach out today and we will help you find the resources you need. 

Spring 2022

We are proud to announce that our Summer 2022 Workshops are now open for registration! Visit our Branch News Page to view all our offerings. 

Our 33rd Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker, Marilyn Zecher is teaching a 4 Day Multisensory Math Workshop and we are again offering Wilson Reading System Workshops at multiple levels. We hope you can join us! Our branch is working hard to help all teachers support all types of learners. 

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. 

We are happy to report that the State Board of Education has approved the Ohio Dyslexia Guidebook which was proposed in January 2022, fulfilling HB 436 requirements to form a Dyslexia Committee and create “a dyslexia guidebook for screening, intervention, and remediation for children with dyslexia or displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies.” (HB 436 Code)

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

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

What does this mean for teachers, administrators, parents, and advocates?

We encourage you to learn about Structured Literacy Curricula. 

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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