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The International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch

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The IDA Ontario Branch is committed to informing, educating and supporting individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. It is a condition resulting in difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading and spelling.
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-- Adopted by the Board of Directors: November 12, 2002

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

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Position Posting:

Professional Relations Coordinator

The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is looking for a well-organized, well-spoken, and motivated individual who will be able to join our team and assist ONBIDA’s president in communicating with membership, partners and the general public.

Click here for a description of the position and details of how to apply.

Application deadline is March 31, 2015.









PRESS RELEASE: Piper Gilles - Canadian National Medalist Becomes ONBIDA's 2015 Spokesperson

Piper Met with Families in Kingston:  See Photos Here


PRESS RELEASE: ONBIDA successful at Supreme Court of Canada in Moore v British Columbia (Ministry of Education)

ONBIDA thanks Rahool Agarwal, Chris Cummins and Rowan Weaver; Norton Rose Canada LLP
for representing ONBIDA at the Supreme Court of Canada





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Families needed for SickKids research study

on the genetics of reading disabilities


SUMMARY:  Families are needed for a research study at SickKids (the Hospital for Sick Children), which is investigating the genetic basis of reading disabilities.  We require the participation of families and their child(ren), age 6 to 16 years, who struggle with reading.  Parents will receive a report describing their child’s test results, which may be helpful in educational planning.  All testing will take place at SickKids in downtown Toronto.

For more information, contact the study manager, Kirsten Blokland: 416-813-8207, or kirsten.blokland@sickkids.ca


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