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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 Conference

Save the date: October 25th, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Edward Hallowell, M.D.

Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring our 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 



Winter - Spring 2014

June 10-11 (TBD, MA)

The skills and strategies of The Key Comprehension 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. 

Grades K-3.

The Key Vocabulary Routine – 

June 12-13 (Marlboro, MA)

This is a program for embedding vocabulary instruction in all content areas, using existing reading and instruction material. The 2-day program combines direct and indirect instruction into a routine of five components: previewing, activities for teaching related words, selection of content words to teach in-depth, using context and word parts, and promoting word consciousness.  

For more detailed information and to register, visit www.keystoliteracy.com/workshops-events



Dyslexia, Reading Disorders, and Specific Learning Disabilities (Grades K-12)

August 11, 12, 2014

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Presented by Susan Lowell


Assessment of Dyslexia and Reading Disorders (Grades K - 12) 

August 13, 14, 2014

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Presented by Susan Lowell


For more information and to register, visit www.thereadinginstitute.net




DATES: July 7 - August 7th, Monday - Thursday, 9am - 1pm


LOCATION: Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts Medford Campus


TUITION: $1550


TO APPLY: Please visit our website at http://ase.tufts.edu/crlr , or contact Melissa Orkin, 617.627.3815 or melissa.orkin@tufts.edu


PROGRAM SUMMARY: The program is designed for struggling readers entering 2nd - 5th grade who will receive small group reading instruction in the Wilson Program, to improve students' decoding and phonics skills, and the RAVE-O Program which focuses on developing fluency and comprehension. Instruction is specially designed to maximize student engagement, persistence and feelings of competence.





Landmark College Summer Institute runs from June 24 - 27 in Putney, VT (less than 20 miles from the MA boarder)


Two notable events are free and open to the public:


Tuesday, June 24 (7:30 pm - 9:00 pm) - Keynote and Book Signing by Thomas G West, Cerebrodiversity: Working from Strengths


Friday, June 27 (i:15 pm - 2:45 pm) - Special Guest Presentation by Dr. Albert Galaburda, From Genes to Reading: What's New on the Horizon and Will it Help Dyslexics?


We also have a pre-conference workshop featuring Dr. Sam Johnston of CAST.org  and Dr. Matt Schneps of Harvard-Smithsonian Lab for Astrophysics, and a number of intensive morning strands and afternoon informational sessions.


More information can be found at:  www.landmark.edu/institute      

 or via email at  institute@landmark.edu 




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

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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