+ About the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

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What is IDA?

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia.

IDA has over 13,000 members.  It is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.  It does not receive government funding; the annual budget is funded by private donations, membership dues, foundation grants, sale of publications, conferences, and other developmental efforts.  It has an all volunteer Board of Directors.

IDA focuses its resources in four major areas: information and referral services, research, advocacy, and direct services (conferences and training) for professionals working with individuals with dyslexia.

IDA provides information:

  • To approximately 30,000 people annually via phone, mail and email
  • Through their website to more than 250,000 visitors yearly
  • Through 40+ branches (such as COBIDA in central Ohio) that conduct local conferences, seminars and support groups.
  • By hosting an annual an annual international conference that brings over 200 experts in the field together with approximately 3,000 individuals who are concerned with the issue of dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
  • Through publications and newsletters.


Membership in a branch (such as COBIDA) includes membership in the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and is open to anyone interested in its mission — individuals with dyslexia and their families, educators, school administrators, researchers, physicians, psychologists, and policy makers, to name just a few examples.

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

  • Annals of Dyslexia
  • Perspectives: on Language and Literacy
  • Conferences (47 branch conferences, and the national conference)
  • Fact sheets
  • Referral services
  • Parent seminars
  • Networking
  • Awareness and education

Join or renew now: online at https://www.interdys.org/olssecure/JoinorRenew.aspx.

In central Ohio, you may also contact COBIDA Membership Chair Amy Reardon at 614-560-3109 or email her at membership@cobida.org.

(Window clings are available for Ohio members, for your car or home.  If you haven’t gotten a COBIDA membership cling yet, contact Amy Reardon at membership@cobida.org or 614-560-309.  The first cling is free to all COBIDA members.  Multiples are available for purchase: 3 for $5 or 10 for $10 by contacting Amy or info@cobida.org.

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com.


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