Webinar - About Dyslexia: what it is, what it's not and how to help

Presenter: Valdine Bjornson, EdD (student), M.Ed., C-TESL, Dyslexia Canada Board member

International Dyslexia Association Ontario will be kicking off Dyslexia Awareness Month this October with a new webinar!

The presenter will outline the definition of dyslexia and dispel common myths. Information and resources to help families and schools to support students with dyslexia will also be provided. She’ll also share success stories about educators in Manitoba public schools who are using dyslexia-specific, structured literacy instruction training to help all learners in the classroom setting.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:30 - 8:30 pm (EDT)

Workshop - every Child Can Learn to Read

Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Ontario (Ottawa Branch)

Speaker:  Nancy Young. B.A., M.Ed. (Special Education) is a consultant working with educators and families across Canada and globally, building awareness of the need for, and­­­­ supporting implementation of, evidence-based reading instruction in schools.

Although the importance of learning to read gets a lot of attention, countless children are still not mastering this vital skill. Why? Vague provincial curriculums and poor teacher training have left many teachers unprepared to teach the essentials underlying skilled reading. The result?

Struggling students, struggling families, AND struggling teachers. This presentation will:

  1. Summarize range of ease when learning to read (irrespective of intelligence)

  2. Compare UNbalanced instruction to instruction based on the science of how children learn to read

  3. Describe why it is so crucial that students at risk (dyslexia, ELL, impoverished environment…) are systematically taught, from kindergarten up, the structure of the written “code” that represents speech

  4. Explain why expanded knowledge of language structure offers valuable enrichment opportunities for advanced readers

Nancy will share examples of teaching strategies, including code-based movement activities, demonstrating how intellectually engaging and fun the learning journey can be for ALL!


Ottawa Public Library
101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON


Tuesday, October 22, 2019  7:00 – 8:30 pm (EDT)

Documentary Screening - Embracing Dyslexia

Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Alberta

Decoding Dyslexia Alberta will be hosting a screening of the documentary Embracing Dyslexia at the Globe Cinema on October 24, 2019 from 6:30 – 9pm (MT).  After, attendees can stay to see the Calgary Tower light up in in recognition of International Dyslexia Awareness month!


Thursday, October 24, 2019  6:30 – 9:00 pm (MDT)


Globe Cinema
617 8 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1

Workshop – Could it be Dyslexia

Presented by Decoding Dyslexia Alberta and Dyslexia Canada

Join us for expert presentations and informative discussions, focusing on the origin, characteristics, remediation and accommodations for the neurobiological learning disability known as dyslexia. Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80-90 percent of all those with learning disabilities. Presenters Dr. Gabrielle Wilcox PsyD, NCSP, R.Psych, Sara Peden R.Psych, and local author Adam Dreece will open the floor to Q&A and discussion following the screening of the documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.


Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary Alberta T2G 2E7


Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (MDT)

Webinar - The good, the bad and the ugly: Urgently informing school leadership of effective (and ineffective) reading instruction

Presented by the International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch

Presenter: Nancy Young B.A., M.Ed. (Special Education) is a consultant working with educators and families across Canada and globally, building awareness of the need for, and­­­­ supporting implementation of, evidence-based reading instruction in schools.

Educators in positions of leadership understand the importance of learning to read. Yet, despite the best efforts of students and teachers, countless students across all grades continue to struggle. Why?

The Webinar will summarize:

  • The Ladder of Reading (N Young): Reading is not something humans are born to do and the ease of learning to decipher the written code ranges, irrespective of IQ.

  • Behaviour, attentional, and emotional challenges may be rooted in difficulty learning to read.

  • Provincial/territorial curriculums which are not aligned with reading science have led to a lack of teacher training in effective reading and assessment methods.

  • Certain screening procedures and instructional essentials are urgently needed at the foundational stages.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019   7:30 - 8:30 pm (EDT)