Last year hundreds of people participated in Read October and helped us raise money for dyslexia awareness. IDA Ontario would like to sincerely thank all who participated - we are extremely grateful for your support. We are also thrilled to announce those funds will be going towards creating dyslexia-friendly public libraries across Ontario through our new mini-grant program.
The $500 mini-grants will provide an opportunity for public libraries to help promote dyslexia awareness and purchase resources such as decodable books and books about dyslexia for their collections.
How can you help?
Contact your local public library and ask them to apply for our mini-grant, and help build a dyslexia-friendly library in your neighborhood! And stay tuned for upcoming news about how you can get involved in Read October 2021 to support this program going forward.
What are decodable books?
Decodable books include text that has been carefully written using evidence-based strategies to support reading development. These books are wonderful for all new readers, but access to this type of book is vital for children with dyslexia. To ensure that children across Ontario have access to decodable books, IDA Ontario's mini-grants will help Ontario public libraries purchase these resources for their collections. Funds from the grant can also be used to purchase books about dyslexia and the science of reading from a list of books recommended by IDA Ontario as sources of reliable information.
The impact of decodable books
Science shows that the most efficient way to learn a word so it can be instantly recognized in the future is by “decoding” it. Decoding means using knowledge of letter sounds and English spelling patterns to “sound out” a word. Decodable books are purposely written to help beginning and emerging readers master decoding.
IDA Ontario has created a list of books that are eligible for purchase using this grant. The library can download the list of suggested books from our website to review and check availability through their vendors. If a librarian would like to use grant funds to purchase books that are not on the list, they can request that IDA review the books to determine if they meet the grant criteria.
All libraries are encouraged to download and display our decodable books poster which explains the purpose of decodable books, and our decodable spine sticker to help make these books easy to find on the shelf.
Upcoming Library Service Webinar
It is highly recommended that libraries participate in or watch the webinar created by IDA Ontario for the Ontario Library Service on dyslexia & decodable books. This webinar will be held on June 9th at 2 pm, you can register here: LearnHQ
- Libraries must complete this form to apply for a grant by August 1st, 2021.
- Libraries will be notified of their approval and funds will be distributed by September 1st, 2021.
- Libraries will have until December 31st, 2021 to provide IDA Ontario with receipts and a list of the books purchased using the grant funds.
Additionally, libraries will be encouraged to participate in a variety of dyslexia awareness activities in October and throughout the year. During the grant application process, libraries will indicate which of these activities they plan to participate in.
If a library is not successful at receiving a grant this year they are encouraged to resubmit next year. Read October will be in full swing this fall and we hope to raise enough money to support dyslexia awareness in even more public libraries in 2022!