Mission


Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA)

ONBIDA is a non-profit charitable organization founded in June 2004. The branch is operated by volunteers, providing free information, support and referral services to the public. Charitable Registration Number 85713 3078 RR0001.

ONBIDA is a branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) which has it's head office in Baltimore. IDA has 47 branches in the U.S. and Canada, and  47 global partners. It the promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. They support and encourage interdisciplinary research. They facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge.

ONBIDA's Mission:

  • To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

ONBIDA's Focus Areas:

  • Information and Support
  • Teacher Training
  • Advocacy
  • Organizational Sustainability

ONBIDA's Beliefs:

  • We believe individuals with dyslexia have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened, and that social, educational and cultural barriers to literacy must be removed.
  • IDA actively promotes effective teaching practices and related clinical and educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia. We support and encourage interdisciplinary study and research. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia, and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge.

ONBIDA assists people with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them by:

  • Providing support, information and up-to-date information and resources (website, webinars, training opportunities, event outreach)
  • Creating public awareness of dyslexia
  • Responding to general public inquiries related to dyslexia
  • Maintaining a referral list of professionals, clinics and schools  providing services to people with dyslexia and their families (eg. tutoring, reading specialists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists)
  • Presenting an annual conference