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IDA's Video Library

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IDA is creating this video library to create a one-stop-shop for various video clips, interviews, and informative media clips from our partners regarding Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilties. 

Have a video you want us to share? email us so it can be reviewed!


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/DDInterview.pngIDA’s Historical Archives Committee  took on the task of videotaping interviews of all the previous IDA Presidents who are still alive. A previous Vice-president, Louisa Moats, was also interviewed.  The interviews were carried out at the 2012 Annual Conference in Baltimore. Members of the committee carried out the interviews. They are: Wilson Anderson, Karen Dakin, Marcia Henry, Amy Lawrence, Martha Renner, and Mark Westervelt. Mark provided the technical support for the videotaping. The videos, starting with Drake Duane, MD., will appear each month in The Examiner. Thank you to all who made these videos, so rich in IDA history, as well as rich in the history of the field of dyslexia, possible.

Click here to watch the interview with Dr. Drake Duane.

Click here to view the series of videos. These videos will be coming out once per month starting in August 2013.


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/NeuronVideoStill.pngAbnormal Vision Motion Processing Not a Cause of Dyslexia

Yes, people with dyslexia do have subtle visual system differences but, no, these visual differences do not cause the condition and its associated reading difficulties. Watch this video (and read the article above) to learn more about the breakthrough research carried out by Guinevere Eden, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Learning at George Washington University Medical Center, and Past- President of IDA, and her team.

Watch the video here.


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/LMpodcast.pngReconciling CCSS with Reading Research: Why and How! 

During her recent visit to CESAs 1 and 6 in Wisconsin, Louisa Moats recorded a podcast on the topic of reconciling the Common Core State Standards with reading research. This podcast, which comes in three parts for viewing, is an excellent source of information on what is necessary to effectively implement the CCSS in the area of reading. You can access the podcast by clicking the links below.

Part I  |  Part II  |  Part III  

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Dr. Diana King began her career as a teacher in Southern Rhodesia where she fell in love with teaching. She was and is a lover of language.  Diana spoke Italian, German and French and taught Latin, as well. She discovered that combining her passion for teaching with her passion for language still did not allow her to successfully teach some obviously bright and motivated students. Fortunately, for those of us touched by her dedication to teaching each child, Diana found herself teaching at the Sidwell Friends School where she learned about the Orton-Gillingham approach. Although her mentor at the time, Helene Durbrow, guided Diana’s mastery of the multisensory, sequential program, Diana also received guided instruction from Anna Gillingham, herself. It was Helene Durbrow who brought Diana to her first Orton Society meeting. Diana holds the record for IDA membership, having first joined in 1951! Read more and watch the interview. 


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/syl.pngDr. Sylvia Onesti Richardson, the eighth President of the Orton Dyslexia Society, now the International Dyslexia Association, was described by Rosemary Bowler upon her presentation of the Samuel T. Orton Award in 1992 to Sylvia as “perhaps the most articulate, traveled, and acclaimed spokesperson for dyslexia in the nation.” Sylvia’s involvement with the education, speech-language and medical communities helped to cross-fertilize the cutting-edge research with which she and other members of the Society were engaged, thus helping to disseminate this critical information. She has written or helped to write over 100 publications and has received honors and awards from a number of organizations.

Having been active in so many organizations supporting learning disabilities, why has the Orton Society, now the International Dyslexia Association, been so fortunate to have secured Dr. Richardson’s devotion to its mission? In this video Karen Dakin, Editor of The Examiner, and Secretary of IDA, interviews Dr. Richardson who explains why she found her home with the IDA and, with her usual wit and intelligence, so much more about her remarkable career. Click here to watch the video.



In this exclusive interview, Steven Spielberg discusses his dyslexia for the first time ever, with Quinn Bradlee of Friends of Quinn.  "When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set."  Remarkably, the world famous director of E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Schindler's List, The Color Purple, and Raiders of the Lost Ark was diagnosed with dyslexia only a few years ago. While he wishes that there had been more awareness of LDs in the 50s, he acknowledges the impact of his supportive parents who helped him endlessly with his studies, making sure he did add well as he possibly could in school.  Read on & Watch the Interview.


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/ClayBrain.pngHow an individual achieves knowledge is largely through reading.  Almost every person knows at least one person who struggles with some aspect of reading mastery. Science has unlocked many of the mysteries and complex functions of the reading brain. Strides in brain research can now explain potential causes of reading difficulties including the most commonly misunderstood of all, dyslexia, and can relieve fears and uncertainties about how to provide relevant and effective reading instructional practices. 

Social media coupled with science can help unite our understanding of the reading brain. Reading Matters to Maine has posted an excellent video presentation by Christopher Kaufman, PhD., A Conversation about the Reading and the Brain.  Click Here to watch a 5 minute highlight video or the full 90 minute presentation.


HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/ElennInterviewScreengrab448.pngSteinberg Discusses Problems with 3rd-Grade Retention Policies

Elenn Steinberg, President of the Rocky Mountain Branch of IDA, and Co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee, is a founding member of Literate Nation, a Wilson certified tutor and the parent of a child with dyslexia.  Elenn was interviewed by Natalie Tysdal on KWGN television news regarding pending Colorado legislation that would hold back third grade students who can't read at grade level. Click Here to watch the video.

Rocky Mtn. Branch Shapes Literacy & Retention Bill 

Elenn has a follow-up report on House Bill 12 - 1238 - Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act or the Colorado READ Act. The bill was passed with some revisions suggested by the Rocky Mountain Branch of IDA. The bill now includes language " to effectively teach the science of reading." This includes providing instruction that is based on reliable, trustworthy, and valid evidence that the instruction has demonstrated success at adequately increasing students' reading competency in key areas of reading. Elenn added that the retention language was greatly softened and includes a large parent-participation component, which is essential.

For more information on dyslexia, see IDA's newly revised fact sheet, "Dyslexia Basics." 



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LITERACY CRISIS—International Dyslexia Association 

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HTTP://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/ReidLyon.pngUncovering the Mysteries of Dyslexia, G. Reid Lyon, Ph. D

Closing the Gap Between What We Know about Dyslexia & What We Do in the Classroom

Keynote Address, PBIDA Fall Conference, October 4th, 2013