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International Dyslexia Association  promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. They support and encourage interdisciplinary research. They facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.  The IDA has published a series of very informative  fact sheets.

International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch hosts local events and training activities, mainly in the Toronto area.

Reading Rockets is a U.S. multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada provides information about learning disabilities and support to parents, teachers and professionals.

LD Online is a sister organization of Reading Rockets providing information about Learning Disabilities and Attention Hyperactivity Disorder.

Learning Ally is a U.S. nonprofit group that provides support to blind, visually-impaired and dyslexic students through audiobooks and parental support.  Access to audiobooks is not available in Canada, however they have excellent webinars for parents, teachers and professionals.

National Center for Learning Disabilities  is a U.S. agency whose mission is to “empower parents, transform schools, create policy and advocacy impact and enable young adults”. One of their initiatives is “Understood“, a website which aims to help parents with children who struggle with learning and attention issues.  Another one is “The LD Navigator” a guide to Learning Disabilities for the pediatric professional community and parents. is a group of 15 U.S. nonprofit organizations that have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues, including dyslexia.

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is dedicated to maintaining professional and ethical standards and certifying teachers in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach.

Neuhaus Education Center (Houston, Texas) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting reading success. They have developed classroom-based programs based on Orton-Gillingham and are active in professional development (in-house and online).

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity is a research center and a source of information for parents, educators and professionals.  It was founded by Dr. Sally Shaywitz and Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, leading researches and advocates for dyslexia work.  A unique page on their website provide bibliographic information about many successful people who have dyslexia.

University of Michigan ‘DyslexiaHelps‘ is a source of information for parents, educators and professionals. It has helpful information about assistive technologies and a monthly blog.

Dyslexia International in partnership with UNESCO is focused on advocacy, teacher networking, free training for classroom teachers around the world and free teacher resources.

Learning Disabilities of America is a sister-organization to the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, providing information and support to parents and professionals.

Association of Educational Therapists  sets standards for the professional practice of educational therapy. Educational therapists provide a broad range of individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges.

Reports and Books


Dyslexia Handbook What Every Family Should Know. 2014. International Dyslexia Association.  This handbook contains useful information including the characteristics of dyslexia, what it is and what it isn’t, and also provides information on valid assessments, effective teaching approaches, self-advocacy ideas and a vast array of resources. The handbook contains information that will be useful throughout a child’s life, from elementary school through college.

Dyslexia in the Classroom What Every Teacher Needs to Know. 2013. International Dyslexia Association.

Foundations for Literacy: An Evidence-based Toolkit for the Effective Reading and Writing Teacher. 2008. Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network.

Put Reading First. The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read. 2001. U.S. National Institute for Literacy.

Teaching Children to Read- an evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading. 2000. Report of the U.S. National Reading Panel. U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Identifying and teaching children and young people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.  2009. An independent report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, U.K.

The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read- A Framework. 2000. by Sebastien Wren, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.  This document provides a  framework for the elements involved in learning to read.


Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention
by Nancy Mather and Barbara J. Wendling (2011)

Basic Facts about Dyslexia
by L.C. Moats & K.E. Dakin (2007)
(available from the International Dyslexia Association)

Overcoming Dyslexia
by Shally Shaywitz

Reading and the Brain


Proust and the Squid
by Maryanne Wolf (2008)

Reading in the Brain 
by Stanislas Dehaene (2009)

Structured literacy instruction


Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills
by Judith R. Birsh (2011)

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills Activity Book
by Suzanne Carreker & Judith R. Birsh (2011)

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers
by Louisa Cook Moats (2010)

Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers
by Louisa Cook Moats (2011)

Unlocking Literacy
by Marcia K. Henry (2010)