Welcome! The Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA) is committed to raising awareness and providing resources about dyslexia for parents and educators.




Download our Dyslexia Resource Kit:

Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know




Learn more about dyslexia and related learning disabilities through a variety of resources.

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Experience Dyslexia®

What is it like to have dyslexia? Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that helps promote awareness and empathy.

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Teacher Training

Teachers have the power to impact learning. Join colleagues across the world by becoming well-trained in a structured literacy approach (multisensory structured language education).

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Did you know?

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
  • It is a language-based learning disability and is not related to intelligence– plenty of very bright people have dyslexia.
  • There are many successful people with dyslexia such as Henry Winkler, Bruce Jenner, Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Schwab.
  • IDA has established standards for teachers of reading. These research-based standards are helpful for all and critical for students with dyslexia.

Share Your Story

Share your experience with dyslexia to increase awareness and connect with others. Read about others’ experience or share your own.

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Theresa Soares

I was identified with dyslexia when I was in kindergarten. When it came... Read more


Public Calendar

Assistive Technology Accessible Curriculum: Workshop for professionals and parents @ Bayhill High School in Oakland @ Bay Hill High School
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Bayhill High School invites you to join us for our Saturday morning workshops for professionals and parents. All workshops take place on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and include a breakfast of pastries, hot beverage and water. Cost is $20 per workshop.

Jennifer McDonald-Pelteir, MS ATP from the Center for Accessible Technology allows participants to both experience and learn about technology that makes curriculum accessible to students with learning differences.

While tools such as speech input, text-to-speech, and organization software are intended to facilitate learning, without direction, students cannot develop a suitable level of competency. Teachers and parents must work with students to develop competency, and integrate the use of technology in the classroom.

Jennifer will highlight some basic speech input tools, Read Write Gold, and other powerful resources. More importantly she will demonstrate how effective use can lead to greater success and independence for students with learning differences. This workshop is suitable for teachers, parents, educational therapists, and other professionals.

Location: Bay Hill High School, 521 Boden Way, Oakland Contact: www.bayhillhs.org for registration or call Donna Austin at 510-268-1500 Ext. 241

Experience Dyslexia® A Learning Disabilities Simulation @ Stellar Academy for Dyslexics
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This popular learning disabilities simulation is a hands-on experience that lets you experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability. This lively and thought-provoking activity is for teachers, parents, or anyone interested in better understanding the lives of individuals with dyslexia.

Guided by station leaders, you will rotate among six learning stations that simulate language-related tasks that may be encountered in the classroom and workplace.

Register:  Call Stellar Academy office at 510-797-2227 (Limited to 60 participants)

The Neuroscience of Learning Differences @ Bay Area Discovery Museum - Fort Baker
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In this free event just for adults, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, UCSF associate professor and director of BrainLENS (Laboratory of Educational NeuroScience), shares what recent brain science is teaching us about support and intervention for children with learning differences. Relevant for teachers and parents, this talk will review how the brain is studied in children, what neuroimaging can (and cannot) tell us, and how we can work more effectively with children diagnosed with disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, processing, language impairment and ADHD so that all children reach their creative and cognitive potential.

A reception precedes the talk. Cost is FREE, but please register to let us know you’re coming.

NCBIDA Co-Sponsored Event: Assessment and Intervention for Students with Dyslexia @ The Carey School
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

A Workshop with Nancy Mather, Ph.D. Co-sponsored by the Parents Education Network (PEN)

This workshop will focus on both assessment and evidence-based interventions for students who struggle to learn to read and spell. The speaker will address the definition of dyslexia; the important lessons from history; the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes, including phonological awareness, orthographic coding, processing speed, and rapid automatized naming; the phases of development of basic reading and spelling skills; and the implementation of differentiated instructional methodologies, including technology, for addressing specific types of reading problems.

Nancy Mather photo - 150x188Nancy Mather, Ph.D., is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. She has published numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction both nationally and internationally. She is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson IV and has co-authored two books on interpretation and application of this test. Other recent books are Comprehensive Evaluations (Mather & Jaffe, 2011) and Essentials of Dyslexia:  Assessment and Intervention (Mather & Wendling, 2012.



Event Registration Fees (Lunch included. CEU’s available at additional cost. Early registration ends February 28.)

Member Early Registration – $50 Non-Member Early registration – $60

Member Walk-in – $65 Non-Member Walk-in – $75

Register here (link will bring you to the Parents Education Network website).

Essay Writing the Bayhill Way: Structured, systematic instruction for middle and high school students @ Bayhill High School in Oakland @ Bayhill High School
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Bayhill High School invites you to join us for our Saturday morning workshops for professionals and parents. All workshops take place on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and include a breakfast of pastries, hot beverage and water. Cost is $20 per workshop.

How do students with learning differences organize, research, plan, draft, edit and publish essays and research papers ranging from 3 – 20 pages? They do it the Bayhill Way.

Education Specialists and English Teachers Laura O’Brien and Jackie Whitwill demonstrate Bayhill’s highly structured, scaffolded and systematic approach to developing strong, independent essay writing skills in high school students. Participants will learn how to use effective instruction, systematic building of skills, and highly structured graphic organizers to lead their students to successful written work. Many Bayhill alumnae have taken the Bayhill Writing Tools with them to college and earned high marks on their college essays. We know LD students can be successful, independent writers. Let us show you how! This workshop is suitable for teachers, parents, educational therapists, and other professionals.

Location: Bayhill High School, 521 Boden Way, Oakland 94610 Contact: www.bayhillhs.org to register or Donna Austin at 510-268-1500 Ext. 241

“21st Century Success: Fostering Your Child’s Social Emotional Intelligence” with Ms. Maria Lineger, M.S.M. @ Athena Academy
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST) Location: Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA RSVP: https://athenaspeaks-marialineger.eventbrite.com

We all want our children to thrive academically and socially, yet we are living in a fast-paced culture of achievement and competitive “you vs. me” relationships. As a result, children face higher-levels of stress and disconnection than ever before. Today’s Era of Me, Myself and I clashes with our deepest human needs for connection and community – deeply impacting our children’s self-worth, ability to learn and happiness.

Research proves that to learn and achieve, children must feel safe, validated and connected. When they do, their learning switch turns on. They can relax, access their full brain and be trusted to think for themselves. In turn, children learn to reason and treat others with respect — creating a culture of collaboration and trust.

So how do we help children to feel safe, understood and validated? We need not look further than the ancient wisdom of Compassion. Come learn what science has shown will help kids connect with themselves and others, while also helping them access their best selves. Human beings have a natural capacity for empathy, love and compassion, so let’s work with it.

Please join us for a conversation about how to recognize, prioritize and model social emotional intelligence. Maria will discuss:

1) The 5 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies that children need to thrive. 2) The research that validates SEL programs as a solution to student stress and disconnection. 3) Innovative SEL programs that integrate current scientific research from positive psychology, neuroscience, social science and compassion. 4) Fun, practical and visual-spatial SEL tools to use with children from the classroom to home. 5) The personal impact of SEL on students and teachers from California to Africa. 6) Why SEL is particularly essential for our twice exceptional (2e) and dyslexic children.

Maria Lineger is an educator, author, curriculum designer, trainer and parent with 20 years experience in education, most recently with gifted, twice exceptional (2e) and dyslexic children. She is currently the Social Emotional Specialist at Athena Academy, guiding students, faculty and parents with her school-wide SEL program, Changemakers. She is also the co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an experiential workbook of social emotional activities for youth being used globally.