About IDA

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About IDA

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. We are the oldest such organization in the U.S. serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. We number some 10,000 members – 60% in the field of education and 30% are individuals with dyslexia or parents of children who are dyslexic.

We operate 42 Branches throughout the U.S. and Canada, and have 10 Global Partners including the countries of Brazil, Czech Republic, Israel, and The Philippines.

Our annual budget of $2.1 million is funded by private donations, membership dues, foundation grants, sale of publications, conferences, and other development efforts. IDA receives no government funding. IDA has an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) 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 people with dyslexia and their families and all others interested in The Association’s mission.

We believe that all individuals have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened and that social, educational and cultural barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed.

The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for people with dyslexia. We support and encourage interdisciplinary research. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.

The purpose of IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. . . In a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership.

So that every individual has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and society benefits from the resource that is liberated.

IDA focuses resources in four essential areas:

  • Information & Referral Services
  • Research
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
  • Professional Development

IDA as an information provider:

  • 30,000-40,000 direct inquiries to our headquarters office and 46 Branches
  • 250,000 website visitors annually
  • An interactive web-based dyslexia forum open to members and non-members alike
  • 47 Branches conducting local conferences, workshops and support groups
  • An annual conference bringing 200-300 experts in the field together with approximately 3,000 individuals who are concerned with the issue of dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • A content distributor to international affiliates for dissemination in their countries.

IDA as a world-wide publisher:

  • Our peer-reviewed journal, Annals of Dyslexia, is available both in print and online for all members. In addition, archived issues of Annals are available online.
  • Our subject-related quarterly publication–Perspectives on Language and Literacy, is distributed to members quarterly (past topics have included: teacher training, legal issues, parent issues, etc.)
  • Other topic-related publications are available for purchase by the public.
  • Fact Sheets are IDA’s topic-related publications which are free to the public.

In addition, we fund research on neurological, educational and developmental issues as they relate to dyslexia. We advocate for the rights of individuals with dyslexia both through the legal and Federal legislative systems. And based upon models in place in our New Jersey Branch, we are developing programs to provide services (testing, tutoring, remedial instruction, etc.) throughout our branch network directly to individuals with dyslexia.


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