The Arizona branch of the International Dyslexia Association (AZIDA) is hosting a Virtual Learning and Literacy Symposium bringing together a stellar lineup of experts providing in-depth, evidence-based professional development, as well as analysis of dyslexia itself, the current challenges facing educators and dyslexic students, and most importantly, opportunities to affect positive change today.

Registration starts at just $25 and is open through Sept. 24, 2021. The live symposium will take place virtually in the comfort of attendees’ own home from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, with the option to review recorded sessions Oct. 1-8, 2021.

“While we have made tremendous strides in Arizona with recent legislation for early intervention screening in schools, our mission is far from over. With 1-in-5 struggling with dyslexia, it’s important to continue training teachers, and providing education and resources to dyslexic students and the communities supporting them. That’s why we created this incredible symposium,” said Rebekah Dyer, EdD, president of AZ IDA board of directors.

The symposium was designed for teachers, administrators, therapists, parents, policymakers, advocates, and anyone interested in learning about dyslexia and other learning-based challenges. It features keynote speaker Nancy Mather, PhD, Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona in Tucson who has also published numerous articles and books, and conducts workshops on dyslexia both nationally and internationally. Her presentation, The Elephant in the Room: What we overlook regarding dyslexia, will address the specific issues affecting identification of dyslexia students and appropriate interventions.

In all, the Learning & Literacy Symposium features 14 industry-expert-led sessions on topics ranging from early diagnosis and intervention to an in-depth look at the adult side of dyslexia. The symposium also connects attendees to Arizona resources via EXPO BOOTHS that may be visited virtually throughout the day. These include Dyslexia Pros, Wilson, Pathways, Wellington-Alexander Center, and more.

Teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists/Assistants can earn Continuing Education Units.  Classroom teachers are also eligible for a FREE first-time membership to IDA, which makes the symposium available to them for only $25.

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About AZ IDA

AZ IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals affected by dyslexia, language and literacy challenges, and their families and communities that support them. For more than 70 years, IDA has been the authoritative voice of current and reliable research and information to educate families and professionals about dyslexia and to inform the practice and policy changes needed to deliver effective instruction to all students. Until everyone can read! To learn more, visit