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welcome to the Massachusetts Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA). The International Dyslexia Association provides a forum where parents, educators, individuals with dyslexia and researchers share their knowledge about a disorder that affects up to 20 percent of the United States population. MABIDA provides parent roundtables, professional education seminars and other resources to increase public awareness and remediation of dyslexia.

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MABIDA-Sponsored Events

MABIDA's Annual Dinner

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Date: December 5, 2014

Location: Sheraton Framingham Hotel

Featured Dinner Speaker and Recipient of the Alice Garside Award: Maryellen Moreau

Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP has had a career-long interest in helping children develop the oral language skills necessary to be competent in reading comprehension, oral expression, writing and critical thinking. Maryellen is the founder of MindWing Concepts, Inc. and has developed materials, such as the Story Grammar Marker, that are in the hands of almost half of a million children worldwide. She has also provided professional development to thousands of education professionals throughout the United States and Canada.


MABIDA's Annual Conference


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Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring our 2015 conference?

If so, please contact: jac765 at mail dot harvard dot edu



Call to Action for Children with Dyslexia- Wrightslaw


In this Action Alert from Wrightslaw you can sign the petition to urge Congress to support a Bill of Rights for Children with Dyslexia. You will also learn how to send an email with your comments about the proposed revision to DSM5 removing Dyslexia.

Please consider signing this petition and in other ways protesting the exclusion of the term "dyslexia" from the new DSM-V.

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MABIDA Board Member in the News!

Read about Kent Sinclair's Adult Professionals With Dyslexia group, in the recent newsletter of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.


If your community would like to learn more about dyslexia, contact us regarding three presentations that MABIDA board members can offer:

  1. Red Flags for Identifying Struggling Readers
  2. Understanding Dyslexia
  3. Neuroscience of Dyslexia

Contact Pam Hook at: phook at mghihp.edu 


Tools and Strategies for Examining Informational Text Conference

Reading and Writing to Meet the Standards

Friday, January 23, 2015, 8AM to 4PM





The Key Comprehension Routine – 

Grades 4-12

Professional development program for embedding comprehension strategy instruction in all content areas, using existing reading and instruction material.


March 10-11, 2015 – Taunton, MA

The Key Comprehension Routine – 

Primary Grades K-3

This version of The Key Comprehension Routine has been adapted for use in grades K-3. The skills and strategies of the routine have been modified to be introduced through oral language, the use of pictures in addition to words, and more age-appropriate application of the strategies.


June 4-5, 2015 – Rowley, MA

Keys to Close Reading – 

The Common Core Literacy Standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels. This one-day professional development shows participants how to plan and conduct a close reading lesson.

January 28, 2015 – Rowley, MA


Keys to Content Writing – 

Two-day program focuses on how to teach students to write in all subject areas. Participants learn best practices to address the writing requirements of the Common Core Standards.


February 10-11, 2015 – Taunton, MA

March 4-5, 2015 – Rowley, MA



The Learning Differences Conference

Executive Function and Learning Differences: Past, Present, and Future

March 20-21, 2015

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Chaired by Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D.








Studies for Adults:

Adults with and without dyslexia (19-30) are invited to participate in studies being conducted by the Lab for Visual Learning. Visit the website for more information: http://labvislearn.com/research/research-at-lvl/ 

Studies for Children and Adolescents

Stigma and Math Performance 

Researchers at CAST are studying the potential stigma of having a learning disability and its effect on math performance.  We are recruiting students in 9th and 10th grade to take surveys and do math activities during two 45-minute sessions, scheduled at the participant’s convenience. For more information, contact the project coordinator at CASTresearch@cast.org or

Dyslexia and Bilingualism

Join Harvard and MIT researchers in their study of language experience and dyslexia! Does your child (ages 6-17) speak more than one language? Students who struggle with reading and those who are typically developing readers are invited to join by emailing brain.edu.study@gmail.com

Reading Development

Join us as we work 1:1 with your child and complete assessments of reading and related areas. Your help will be invaluable to families and scientists interested in reading, language, and cognitive development, and intervention for struggling readers. Contact us at beamstudies@gmail.com and learn more here: http://on.fb.me/1dNU5bJ

Language and Reading Research Consortium

Educators working with students in pre-K to grade 3 are invited to participate in an academic year-long project in Massachusetts that provides free teacher training and materials to support reading and language comprehension for the class. For more information, email ddavis6@unl.edu

Genes, Reading, and Dyslexia

The Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University is conducting a study of Genes, Reading, and Dyslexia and is seeking healthy children of African-American or Latino-American descent, 10-15 years of age, who have experienced reading difficulties and/or have a diagnosis of dyslexia.    Study Information

Early Detection of Developmental Dyslexia

Researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston are studying early detection of dyslexia in pre-reading children from infancy to kindergarten. The main goal is to find the best way to identify children at risk for developmental dyslexia at a very early age, before reading skills are even present. Participants 3 to 12 months of age and 4 to 6 years of age with or without a family history of dyslexia are being recruited.

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Did you Know?

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
  • It is a language-based learning disability that affects people with average to above average intelligence.
  • There are many successful people with dyslexia. They are proof that dyslexia need not limit an individual's future.




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