¿Qué es IDA?
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is the oldest organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. It is also committed to providing complete information and services to address the full scope of dyslexia and related reading and writing challenges. The IDA was born in the 1920s with direct roots to Dr. Samuel T. Orton’s pioneering studies in the field of reading research and multisensory teaching. In 1949, after Dr. Orton’s death, June Orton, Dr. Orton’s wife and colleague, formalized the Orton Society to continue this important work, train teachers and publish instructional materials.
Parent movements leveraging social media drive public policy and increasing demand for trained teachers. The IDA definition of dyslexia is being used in states across the U.S. to form the basis of public policy.
In the digital age, illiteracy is not an option; with a solid track record advocating for individuals with dyslexia, supplying foundational research, codification of the definition of dyslexia, and centering national debate, the IDA is focused on helping shape reading instruction in American classrooms.
In 2010, the IDA published its Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading, which details the knowledge base required for skilled reading instruction for all teachers of reading. Programs that certify teachers of reading may differ in a number of ways, but they should ascribe to a common set of professional standards. IDA has defined evidence-based reading through our Knowledge and Practice Standards and given our approach a name, “Structured Literacy,” an explicit, systematic, multisensory approach that focuses on giving students the ability to decode the words they encounter when learning to read. Full literacy, intended for all readers, includes basic reading, spelling, written expression, vocabulary development and reading comprehension, all of which are encompassed in the term, “Structured Literacy.”
As part of this campaign, IDA has begun accrediting universities that prepare their graduates to teach reading in accordance with the Structured Literacy approach. More recently, IDA began work on a certification exam that will provide credentials to teachers who have the knowledge and experience to bring Structured Literacy to the classroom. Finally, IDA is working to share evidence of the effectiveness of Structured Literacy in improving reading skills and help school districts find and train teachers who can bring Structured Literacy into their classrooms.
Today IDA membership exceeds 10,000 teachers, other professionals, individuals with dyslexia, and parents. We have 42 branches in the U.S. and Canada and 24 Global Partners across the globe. Our annual international conference has grown to an exciting meeting of several thousand diverse participants from all corners of the globe. The mission of IDA continues to be the same as the mission embraced by the early Orton Society pioneers – seeking to study and treat dyslexia for the benefit of those with dyslexia and their families. In the words of two Orton Society pioneers, Margaret Byrd Rawson and Roger Saunders:
“Dyslexia: The differences are personal; the diagnosis is clinical; the treatment is educational; the understanding is scientific; and the Orton Dyslexia Society serves the united whole.” – Margaret Byrd Rawson and Roger Saunders ca. 1982
Mission of International Dyslexia Association IDA
To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.