Dear members,

Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, has issued a proclamation declaring October to be Dyslexia Awareness month in Oregon and encouraging all Oregonians to join in its observance. 

I trust you will find this proclamation empowering and encouraging as you attend and engage in the many activities highlighting dyslexia that will be put on by the International Dyslexia Association, our community partners throughout the state and on social media platforms across the country.

Your membership of the IDA - Oregon Branch has supported our ability and availability to serve the community in the events you will read about in this newsletter. In turn we seek to support and acknowledge you, our valuable members, in all we know you are doing to advocate for those you care about this Dyslexia Awareness month - and every month!

On behalf of your IDA - Oregon Branch board of directors and,

…… until everyone in Oregon can read!

Jane Cooper
At our September Board meeting
Back: Danielle, Andrew, Shelbe, Anne, Betsy, Jared, Michele and Jim. Front: Sruti, Jane and Connie
Gloria Zeal Davis
August 22, 1926 - September 22, 2018
We are so very sad to report that long time IDA - Oregon member and friend Gloria Davis has died. Gloria was one of IDA’s “Orton Oaks" (members of 25 years or more). She was past President and Scholarship Committee Chair of the Oregon Branch and also served for a time on the IDA National Board of Directors. In addition to her leadership roles, she was a committed tutor, evaluator, and counselor to students who struggled with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She will be missed by many.
Her obituary n the Oregonian may be viewed at this link.
Gloria is front and center - just like we want to remember her. Pictured here, in 2008 at the Seattle IDA National Conference, are longtime IDA - Oregon members, friends and colleagues of Gloria (from left to right) Dale Holloway, Gary Wright, Gloria Davis, Christina Self, Diana Kerman, Lynetta Weswig and Judy Wright.
Our Dyslexia Awareness Month Activities
As a kick off to Dyslexia Awareness month, IDA - Oregon Branch facilitated a Dyslexia Simulation for the Beaverton Dyslexia Parent Group , sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia .

On September 26th, it was our privilege to guide ove r 65 attendees, ranging from parents and grandparents to educators, tutors, and specialists, in a simulation of the learning challenges dyslexic students might experience.

Many participants expressed their gratitude to our student panel members who so eloquently shared their their strategies for achieving success at school and most poignantly told their personal stories of struggle, resilience and hope.
A Dyslexia Simulation for 32 staff members at North Douglas High School
On Friday, October 5th we presented a dyslexia simulation for North Douglas High School educators.

Planned and arranged by IDA - Oregon parent member and her daughter, student panel member Madilyn, and her school principal Scott Yakovich, it was our pleasure to facilitate the Walk in the Shoes of a Dyslexic experience. Student panelists Bella and Theo joined Madilyjn to share their stories with her teachers and answer questions about what it is like to have dyslexia.

An ODE approved Recognizing and Understanding Dyslexia Training for the entire staff of the Baker Web Academy
Friday, October 12th
IDA - Oregon Branch volunteers will present, via remote connection, the Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia  training to 100 staff members of the Baker Web Academy across their regional sites in Baker City, Beaverton, Bend, Central Point, Eugene, Portland and Salem. 
Betsy Ramsey and Julie Hiefield present a workshop at the GED Summit
October 18th and 19th in Tigard, Oregon
Their workshop is titled,  It's Never too late to Read: Help for Adults with Dyslexia.  For more information on this, click here.
IDA’s Annual International Conference brings in experts from around the world to educate attendees on the latest dyslexia research, remediation, and more.

Joining the anticipated more than 2500 attendees from IDA’s 42 branches and 31 global partners this year will be numerous members of the Oregon Branch, including no less that seven board members, five Cherida Collins Scholarship winners, and five members of the IDA-OR Student Panel.

Highlights of Oregon participation will include presentations by the Student Panel and Oregon Dyslexia Specialist Carrie Thomas-Beck and the presentation of the IDA Pinnacle achievement award to our own Jared Blank.

One and all will be taking careful notes in Connecticut as we prepare to host this premiere professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia, next year at the Oregon Convention Center November 7-10, 2019.

These links will guide you to more information about the conference or virtual conference .
Light It Up Red
H ave you ever wondered why bridges, landmarks, and monuments across the nation are lit up red during the month of October? Every year, countless students who have dyslexia are devastated by red pen marks across their homework and tests, even though they poured their heart and soul into their work. To transform the academic significance of the color red, “Light it up Red” is a movement where we celebrate the perseverance, intellect, and accomplishments of all individuals who have dyslexia. 

Please join us for “ Light it up Red! ”, sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia-Oregon, on Sunday , October 14th at the Punch Bowl Social , located at 340 SW Morrison Street in Portland to honor the hard work of all individuals who have dyslexia.  John Hoke, Chief Design Officer of Nike , will be the night’s speaker, and your admission ticket includes dinner, games, and a group photo at the Morrison Bridge which will be lit up by red lights. For more information, click here.

Community Partner Events

See the Dyslexia Awareness activities of seven community partners currently contributing to the Center of Excellence in Dyslexia.

We invite you to read the article written about the Center of Excellence In Dyslexia that appeared in the August edition of our newsletter by following this link .
October 30th, 1:30 pm - 4pm
Spotlight on Student Success: Dyslexia Breakout Session
For more information, click here.
October 10th, 12pm - 1pm
"How to support students who may be experiencing reading difficulties"
Monmouth, OR
For more information, email Anne Ittner at
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