+ Central Ohio Branch of IDA — COBIDA

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The mission of the Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (COBIDA) is to support dyslexics, their families and the professionals who serve them.

COBIDA is working diligently on behalf of the dyslexia community to

  • raise awareness,
  • provide teacher training and
  • obtain services and support

for the unidentified and underserved  children and adults who live with this reading challenge.

COBIDA is unwilling to accept dyslexia as an “invisible” disability any longer. 

There are too many children who cannot read because they were not identified early enough or because they are not being taught by teachers who are trained to use explicit, systematic multisensory research-based teaching methods.

Dyslexia Awareness Rally in the Fall

Last fall the Central Ohio Branch joined its sister organizations from around Ohio to hold a Dyslexia Awareness Rally at the Statehouse.  Dyslexics and their families came together and shared their stories on the Statehouse steps. 

The goal of these coordinated rallies is to show there is a desperate need for dyslexia legislation in Ohio.

 Bring your friends and families to the 2nd Annual Dyslexia Awareness Rally on Wednesday October 6th, 2010.  Show your legislators that we are a powerful force.

Annual Reading Conference

COBIDA holds a Reading Conference, bringing in world renowned experts in the field of reading, learning disabilities and brain research.  Louisa Moats, acclaimed researcher in reading studies, was the keynote speaker last year. 

This year’s conference will be held on March 12, 2011.  The featured speaker will be David Boulton, founder of the Children of the Code Project. There are events for students as well as parents. Teachers and professionals will have professional development opportunities.  You will find materials for teaching and learning in the vendor area.

Parent Events

This year on June 10th, COBIDA held a splash party for families of children with dyslexia.  The goal is to bring families together to network, gain information and support, and build a strong community in Central Ohio.  There will be other events in the future.

Membership in COBIDA

Membership in the Central Ohio Branch (COBIDA) includes membership in the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and is open to anyone interested in its mission — persons with dyslexia, their families, educators, school administrators, researchers, physicians, psychologists and policy makers.

Membership opens up a world of research and information to all members:

  • Annals of Dyslexia (Journal)
  • Perspectives on Language and Literacy (Newsletter)
  • Conferences (47 branches, and the national annual conference)
  • Fact sheets
  • Referral services
  • Parent seminars
  • Networking
  • Awareness and Education

Join now — or rejoin — online at http://www.interdys.org.  You can contact COBIDA Membership Chair Amy Reardon at membership@cobida.org.

Ohio people –save these dates:

  • October 3 — Dyslexia Dash
  • October 6 — Dyslexia Awareness Day Rally
  • October 12 — Annual Membership Day Meeting
  • March 2011 — Spring Conference

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