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Events sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) are indicated on the events calendar.  Local events held by other organizations may also be listed that may be of interest to our members.  DDCA does not endorse any specific program or company.

John Rodrigues – Dyslexia and ADHD @ JSerra Catholic High School
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Join us for our celebration at this FREE event with John Rodrigues. This event is for parents, students, and teachers. It will include an ice sculpting demonstration and book signing.

Join us for this inspiring evening!

John Rodrigues is author of the book, High School Dropout to Harvard. He is also a professional ice sculptor, public speaker, and dyslexia advocate. John was featured on the PBS program, Being You. He is the founder of ThinkLexic, a nonprofit organization which rethinks and reframes education for the 8 million K-12 students with dyslexia.

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Using the CTOPP-2 to Assess Phonological Processing for Reading Disability/Dyslexia Evaluations @ Chan Family Health Science Learning Center, PHS 110-111
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speech-Language Pathology Continuing Education Course: Using the CTOPP-2 to Assess Phonological Processing for Reading Disability/Dyslexia Evaluations

Speech-Language Pathology alumni and friends are invited to this special Homecoming weekend continuing education program. During this three-hour program, speaker Richard “Rick” K. Wagner, PhD, a professor of psychology at Florida State University, will dispel old myths and present new truths about dyslexia, followed by a brief review of the just-released California dyslexia guidelines. Then, use of the CTOPP-2 for assessing phonological processing in the context of reading disability/dyslexia evaluations will be covered.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a continental breakfast.
RSVP by October 18

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

Participants are invited to stay on campus and attend other Homecoming activities. For a complete listing of events visit:


Speaker Panel on Dyslexia with Q&A @ Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
“Dyslexia – Professional Development for Educators” @ Sutter Health Education Conference Center
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Presentation by Dr. Kelli Sandman Hurley with the Dyslexia Training Center of San Diego, CA.This training will be focus on dyslexia; the discovery, diagnosis, interventions,instruction, AB 1369,CDE guidelines, classroom strategies and resources. The participants will leave this presentation with resources and tools for the classroom. This professional development will be geared for teachers, parents, administrators, psychologists,and educational specialists. Continuing education credits will be available.Free admission and limited seating

Experience Dyslexia® at Hope Academy @ Hope Academy for Dyslexics
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Experience Dyslexia® Simulation is happening again!

You probably know someone who has Dyslexia. Here’s a chance to understand more.

Experience through hands-on activities some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning differences. Join us on our campus for this unique workshop compiled by the NCBIDA*.

This event is great for teachers, professionals, families and anyone over age 10!

We will also be hosting a brief tour of our school and be able to answer a few questions about what makes our school a unique place.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Hope Academy office.

Phone: 925-687-7555 or Email:

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Simulation starts at 6:30 p.m.
Space is limited to 40.

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*© Northern California Branch of The International Dyslexia Association, 2010

Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur? Handwriting May Be More Important Than You Think! @ Online Webinar
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CEU Certificate available for $10.00

Presented by Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., BCET, CALT-QI

Manuscript, cursive, and keyboarding have advantages at different ages.Handwriting involves both cognitive and motor skills—and influences reading, written expression, and critical thinking. Sequential hand movements activate brain regions associated with thinking, working memory, and language. A note-taking study showed better comprehension and retention of content for handwriters. Elementary students composing by hand wrote faster, longer pieces with more ideas. Cross-disciplinary research demonstrates effectiveness of explicit, integrated handwriting instruction from kindergarten to high school.

 In this session, attendees will learn that handwriting is a written language skill—not just a motor skill. They will learn at which ages and stages the use of manuscript, cursive, and/or keyboarding is most likely to be an advantage for various students, and will be able to give examples of strategies for integration of handwriting and keyboarding instruction into the teaching of reading and written expression.

About the Speaker:  Dr. Nancy Cushen White has 40+ years of experience in public schools as a classroom teacher, special ed teacher, and program specialist in San Francisco Unified School District. She works as a certified academic language therapist, a board certified educational therapist, and dyslexia consultant in private practice. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics-Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine-University of California-San Francisco. She is a member of the Board, member of the Faculty Senate, and a certified teacher training course director for the Slingerland Institute. She has taught literacy skills classes to young adults in the Pre-Trial Diversion Project through the Mentor Court Division of San Francisco Superior Court. She is a Literacy Intervention Consultant and Case Manager for Lexicon Reading Center in Dubai–United Arab Emirates. Nancy was a member of the AB 1369 Dyslexia Work Group assembled by the California Department of Education (CDE) to draft public school dyslexia guidelines required under the new law. 

 Nancy is a past member of The IDA Board of Directors and past president and current advisory board member of the Northern California Branch of IDA. She serves as an IDA representative to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). Currently, she is the editor of the Examiner, IDA’s monthly on-line newsletter. She received the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 2007.

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on IDA-UMB’s website after the event. If you register, you will be notified when the recording is available. 

Discovering the Sense in English Spelling: The Foundation of Literacy for Every Student @ Online Webinar
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

CEU’s available for $10.00

Presented by:  Timothy T. Houge, Ph.D. and Sue Hegland

If you care about literacy, you must have asked yourself this question at times: is it possible to structure literacy instruction to excite, challenge and empower all students, from the dyslexic reader who is struggling to the strong reader who is flying? It is actually possible to do this, and it’s also possible to make sure that each and every student becomes fully literate. But to make these things happen, we must rethink some misunderstandings about the structure and purpose of written English. This presentation will include an overview of the some of the foundational patterns in our completely coherent English writing system, along with examples from dyslexic and non-dyslexic student work. Join us for an introduction to the difference this can make for students at every level.

This talk was previously presented as the keynote at the Oct 4 “Literacy for All: Understanding Language, Learning and Dyslexia” conference in Sioux Falls, SD.

About the Speakers:  

 Timothy T. Houge, Ph.D. is an associate professor of elementary and secondary reading at Northern State University and the director of a campus one-to-one literacy-tutoring clinic. He has published multiple journal articles and presented his work at national, state, and local conferences. A long-standing advocate for effective reading and spelling education for all children, he has actively promoted the use of research to inform instruction. He has been a classroom teacher and a pull-out reading specialist, removing students from mainstream classrooms for a portion of the day to provide intense specialized reading instruction.

Sue Hegland is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and has extensively studied real spelling and Structured Word Inquiry. She is the author of the website  Sue’s mission is sharing information about the coherence and structure of the English language and the fact that spelling always makes sense.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch, and spent six years on the Board of Education for the Brandon Valley School District. She has served on a dyslexia workgroup for the state of South Dakota, has presented at Special Education and dyslexia conferences, and provides tutoring and training for teachers, private tutors, parents and students. Sue began learning about dyslexia in 2003, as the parent of a dyslexic child.


This webinar will be recorded and available to view on IDA-UMB’s website after the event. If you register, you will be notified when the recording is available. 

Organization & Planning: Executive Function Strategies for Middle and High School @ Children's Health Council
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Why is middle school and high school challenging for so many students? There is so much to manage–from keeping track of assignments across multiple classes and teachers to time management to organizing materials. In this class, parents will hear from CHC Executive Functioning expert, Vanessa Fasoli, ACC, about strategies and tools you can use with your child to promote effective organization and planning skills.

Speech and Language Bootcamp: What’s the Connection to Literacy? @ Online Webinar
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Speech and Language Bootcamp: What’s the Connection to Literacy?

Presented by:  Jane Heinemeyer, MA, CCC/SLP

The connections between spoken and written language are well established, yet there is much confusion recognizing when a language deficit is present, and understanding the ins-and-outs of language. This presentation will review the basics of speech and language, their relation to literacy, and offer suggestions to help support those with speech and language deficits.

Participants in this presentation will improve their understanding of the parameters of speech and language and the relationship between language and literacy. They will learn signs of language deficits and how to support those with underlying speech and language deficits.

About the Speaker:  

Jane Heinemeyer has been a faculty member at the University of South Dakota for 25 years, where she serves as the Clinical Director of the USD Scottish Rite Children’s Clinic, and she has been a practicing speech language pathologist for 35 years. During that time, she has worked with students with a wide variety of disabilities in many different settings. She has particular experience and interest in language-based learning disabilities across the lifespan, and has been a pioneer in the identification of dyslexia in South Dakota.

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on IDA-UMB’s website after the event. If you register, you will be notified when the recording is available. 

Raising Children with Dyslexia: Academic and Social Skills for Success @ Irvine Hebrew Day School
Jan 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In this presentation participants will have the opportunity to experience the impact dyslexia can have on academic and social skills during an abbreviated simulation. Following the simulation the presentation will cover the basics of dyslexia including appropriate and effective interventions and accommodations. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Presenter Bios:

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D. is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. Dr. Kelli is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. Dr. Kelli has studied Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally. Dr. Kelli is a Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a dyslexia consultant working with schools to improve services offered to students with dyslexia and training teachers. She co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and she is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is the author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Education System and is currently writing a book about spelling.

Tracy Block-Zaretsky is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute. She has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20 years and has developed and taught workplace and family literacy program. She is a certified Special Education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504Plan process. She is a past President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.Tracy has studied Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell programs, Read Naturally and a variety of reading and writing assessments. She co-created and produced, “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia,” and has provided professional development for educators and training for parents at numerous conferences, private on-site trainings and online courses and webinars. Tracy is also a parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD and Executive Function Disorder.

*In order to support this event, a suggested donation of $10 at the door is much appreciated*