Examiner October 2014

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In This Issue
Unlocking Dyslexia: Nationwide Dyslexia Awareness Campaign
Why Study Dynamic Visual-Spatial Thinking In Dyslexia?
Dr. Dave’s AT Lab:…AT for Reading: Young Children
Q&A with Cameron Herold
Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: Gordon College

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Upcoming Branch Events
October 25, 2014
Framingham, MA

Annual Dyslexia Dash
October 25, 2014
Columbus, OH

An Evening With NFL Veteran Robert Tate
October 28, 2014
St. Louis Park, MN 


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October 2014

Unlocking Dyslexia: Nationwide Dyslexia Awareness Campaign


In support of Dyslexia Awareness Month this October, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is holding a global awareness campaign and fundraising event, “Unlocking Dyslexia: IDA has the Key,” to provide one resource handbook to every family who is challenged with dyslexia. In response to overwhelming requests by parents for useful information to help their children meet the challenges of dyslexia and thrive in school as well as in life, we are dedicating the 2014 campaign to families. Every dollar raised will help to provide handbooks to families across the world: 1 Dollar. 1 Handbook. 1 Family. Read More.

Why Study Dynamic Visual-Spatial Thinking In Dyslexia?

Jeffrey Gilger, Ph.D., has been busy. Dr. Gilger is a developmental psychologist at the University of California-Merced (UC Merced) and a former International Dyslexia Association (IDA) board member. He and his team have been conducting brain-imaging studies on the neurobiological processes in adults with dyslexia and in a subgroup who also are gifted in nonverbal-spatial abilities. Within the last year and a half, Gilger and his colleagues have published three studies.
 Read More.

Dr. Dave’s AT Lab:
AT for Reading: Young Children


Ah! There you are! I’m so glad that you’ve come to visit my AT Lab again. I see that you’ve brought along some children in grades one through three. What’s that you say? Oh, they’re having difficulty learning to read, and you’re worried that they’ll fall behind their peers. As Stanovich (1988) pointed out, this is a valid concern. Read More.

Q&A with Cameron Herold


Cameron Herold is this year’s Pinnacle Award Recipient. The Pinnacle Award was created to recognize an individual with dyslexia who has publicly acknowledged his dyslexia, made significant achievements in his field of interest, is leading a successful life, and is a role model for others with dyslexia. The Pinnacle Award, which is given annually, will be presented to Cameron at the IDA’s Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference in San Diego on November 12, 2014. Read More.

Spotlight on IDA Recognized Programs: Gordon College


The International Dyslexia Association reviews and accredits university and college teacher

training programs that meet IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. This document guides endorsement of programs that prepare teachers of reading and/or programs that specialize in preparing teachers to work with students who have reading difficulties and disabilities. This month, the Examiner is pleased to profile the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Concentration in Reading program at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Click here to see all the programs IDA has recognized thus farRead More.

A Conversation about Reading and the Brain


How an individual achieves knowledge is largely through reading. Almost everyone 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 now explain potential causes of reading difficulties, particularly dyslexia, and can relieve fears and uncertainties about how to provide relevant and effective reading instruction.


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 Reading and the Brain.” Click Here to watch a 5 minute highlight video or the full 90 minute presentation.

Examiner Editor: Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., Learning Specialist, Clinical Professor, University California San Francisco and Past IDA National Board Member
Examiner Social Media Editor/Strategist: Carolyn D. Cowen, M.Ed., Founding Board Member, Literate Nation
Examiner Managing Editor: Kristen L. Penczek, M.A., IDA Interim Executive Director

Examiner Assistant Managing Editor: Lauren Klinedinst, IDA Manager of Conferences 


If you have a recommendation for an article topic, or wish to provide an article in its entirety for consideration to appear in a future issue, please email  info@interdys.org

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is pleased to present a forum for information to benefit its constituents. It is IDA’s policy to not recommend or endorse any specific program, 

product, institution, company, or instructional material, noting that there are a number of such 

that present the critical components of instruction as defined by 

IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

Any program, product, institution, company, or instructional material carrying the IDA Recognized Accredited seal meets the IDA Standards. Opinions expressed in Examiner articles and/or via links do not necessarily reflect those of IDA.


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