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Welcome to ONBIDA!

The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is committed to providing information, support and advocacy for individuals with dyslexia, their families and educators  in Ontario.   We hope the many resources on this website are helpful in giving you a better understanding of dyslexia, the importance of early identification and effective intervention and other ways to support a child or adult with dyslexia.

Liisa Freure, President, ONBIDA

Latest News

Dyslexia and vision therapy

05 October 2017

An article published recently in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus concludes that “..the use of vision therapy has never been shown scientifically to be effective and may prevent the application of effective interventions during the critical period of development when reading disorders can best be remediated”.

California releases Dyslexia Guidelines

04 September 2017

The State of California has recently released new Dyslexia Guidelines, which includes recommendations on pre-service training for teachers, screening and assessment for dyslexia and effective approaches for teaching children with dyslexia. The guidelines have embraced the term ‘structured literacy’ and the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading!

Free Webinar: How IDA Standards Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students

29 September 2016

Let’s be honest, the whole word approach to reading does not work for all students. Instead of watching a percentage […]

Undiagnosed and misunderstood, students with dyslexia face stigma and shame

12 September 2016

Elaine Keenan, president of ONBIDA, and Keith Gray, founder of Dyslexia Canada give a voice to the struggles of Dyslexic […]

Overcoming Dyslexia – Free Webinar

25 August 2016

Overcoming Dyslexia: What does it take?   Despite claims to the contrary, empirical research has identified the characteristics of instruction […]

O-G Training This Summer in Manitoba

04 May 2016

Summer Training Course for Educators Orton-Gillingham Training – Level 1 Foundations of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE). The course is […]

High School / University Transition

20 April 2016

Accessibility Services at University of Toronto, St. George campus, is offering an informative session for educators and community partners, supporting […]

Bringing dyslexia into the open

28 March 2016

Raising awareness about dyslexia across college and university campuses is instrumental in reducing stigma and self-consciousness for dyslexic students across […]

Embracing Dyslexia – A Documentary

14 October 2015

You’re invited to a showing of Embracing Dyslexia. Presented by Decoding Dyslexia – Ontario & The Ontario Branch of the […]