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October Dyslexia Awareness Month 2016 - Volunteer Toolkit

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! This a great time to spread awareness of and knowledge about dyslexia. Please use this toolkit to work with others in your community to promote dyslexia!

Ideas for Activities:

  1. Write an article with information about dyslexia and submit it to your local newspaper and/or a parenting magazine in your area.
  2. Post facts about dyslexia on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). 
  3. Share the ALIDA public service announcement with local media. (look for Open, Save, or download option)
  4. Request that your mayor sign the October Dyslexia Awareness Month Proclamation.
  5. Ask a group of friends, parents, or co-workers to read a book about dyslexia, such as Overcoming Dyslexia, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, The Dyslexic Advantage, or Dyslexia Advocate with you. You also could host a book discussion at the end of the month.
  6. Wear red on 1 in 5 day: Saturday, October 15th!

Ideas for Events:

  1. Show a documentary about dyslexia such as The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Journey into Dyslexia, or I Can’t Do That, But I Can Do This. Contact ALIDA to borrow one of these films.
  2. Ask a guest speaker to give a lecture or workshop on a dyslexia related topic.
  3. Convene a panel of professionals to answer questions about dyslexia.
  4. Put on an Experience Dyslexia Learning Disabilities Simulation for parents & teachers in your community.  (Note: The kit and other materials needed to put on the simulation can be costly.)
  5. Host a planning meeting for volunteers in your area. Use the meeting to brainstorm ideas for how to promote dyslexia awareness in your area though out the year!

Possible Locations for Events:

  1. Public Library or Community Center
  2. Churches
  3. Schools, University, or Community College
  4. City Hall
  5. Businesses

Ways to Publicize Events:

  1. Post about your event on your social media account(s).
  2. Submit details to the calendar of your local newspapers and magazines.
  3. Make fliers and post them around town.
  4. Contact news outlets in your area.
  5. Email your personal and professional contacts with details about the event.
  6. Submit information about your event to Julie Rentz by September 23rd to be included in a statewide email blast to all ALIDA members and contacts.

Proclamation - Dyslexia Awareness Month October 2016


Events provided by the ALIDA 

Resources Provided by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)

Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council (appointed May 13, 2015)

Alabama Dyslexia Policy (modified December 11, 2015)

Alabama Dyslexia Resource Guide (modified May 1, 2016)

Dyslexia Resources (various modification dates; includes a webinar by Nancy Coffman posted May 23, 2016)

Links to Alabama organizations providing events, information, or services regarding Dyslexia:



Archived Events

Creating Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environments

East Alabama Regional Educational Group of Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:30am CST to 3:00pm CST
Location: TBA
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Fees: Free (lunch on your own)

  • Participants will be able to describe environmental situations and challenges that result in a student’s need for speech-to-text and text-to-speech technology applications.
  • Participants will be able to access Google Chrome applications and Bookshare applications across various computer platforms and operating systems.
  • Participants will be able to recognize environmental situations and challenges that require use of multi-sensory classroom strategies and accommodations.
  • Participants will be able to match environmental situations and challenges with the most effective strategies and accommodations across grade-levels and content areas.

Dr. Denise P. Gibbs, ASHA Fellow, CCC/SLP
Dorothy H. Strong, CALT
Deanna Powers, Reading Coach

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The 3rd Annual ALIDA Dyslexia Dash of East Alabama!

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ALIDA continues to serve our East Alabama community with the 3rd Annual ALIDA Dyslexia Dash of East Alabama! The Dyslexia Dash took place in Ogletree Village on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Located in front of All for Children, 2290 Moore’s Mill Road, Auburn, AL

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Creating Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environments

Date: Was Held on Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 8:30am CST to 4:00pm CST
Check in and registration 8:00am
Workshop begins at 8:30am

Location: Mountaintop Community Church - Aderholt Student Center
225 Centerview Drive
Vestavia Hills, AL
(Last building to left. Church is on the right.)

Fees: $35 for IDA members and $50 for non-members
Lunch included.

Hettie P. Johnson, CCC/SLP
Dorothy H. Strong, CALT
Dr. Denise P. Gibbs, ASHA Fellow, CCC/SLP



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