2021 Parent Conference


IDA Ontario and Decoding Dyslexia Ontario present:

Connection in the Time of COVID

Due to the continuing situation with COVID-19, we are unable to host an in-person conference this year.  For parents, we know that the conference has always been more than just an opportunity to learn from leading experts; it has also been an amazing opportunity to connect with other parents who are on the same journey. While we can’t join together in person this year, we have partnered with our friends at Decoding Dyslexia to organize a unique, free virtual event to help parents connect in the time of COVID.

The evening will open with a presentation from the Ontario Human Rights Commission lead lawyers for the Right to Read Inquiry, Reema Khawja and Nika Farahani.  Reema and Nika will provide an update on the ongoing work of the Inquiry looking into human rights issues affecting students with reading disabilities in Ontario’s public education system.    

Following the presentation, participants will be placed in a virtual breakout room for a facilitated small group discussion.  The purpose of this discussion is to provide an opportunity for all participants to speak freely about the triumphs and challenges of their journey with their own amazing dyslexic child with others who truly understand.  We also recognize that sometimes the best advice comes from other parents within your own school board or region who have already discovered the resources that are available locally, or figured out who to approach at the school board to start making things happen.  For this reason, we will do our best to assign discussion groups based on geographic region or school board.