Dyslexia Spells Success!

The IDA Oregon Branch is proud to be a sponsoring a pre-conference symposia session at the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) at the 2019 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference. DyslexiaCon19 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon November 7-10.

Be sure to attend our session “Dyslexia Spells Success!” on Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 – 8:00 – 11:30.  

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Dyslexia Spells Success!

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 – 8:00 – 11:30   

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Co-Chair: Jane Cooper   jane@orbida.org  

Co-Chair: Jared Blank     jared@orbida.org

We all know that dyslexic minds process information differently. Their holistic, highly creative, lateral thinking has created some of the world’s greatest art, literature, inventions, and businesses. Yet dyslexia is still perceived as a disadvantage. We want to change this perception. We want the world to respect dyslexia and realize the value that dyslexic minds add to companies, schools, teams, and life.  We aspire for individuals with dyslexia to embrace their unique abilities and find strength in their differences.

Come listen to this remarkable group of dyslexic individuals who have become leaders in their chosen profession. These out-of-the-box thinkers have overcome the challenges of dyslexia and have excelled beyond their own and others’ expectations. They are CEO’s, an artist, a UX/UI designer, a poet, and two young adult champions.

These seven professionals share their personal experience of growing up with dyslexia. They will speak about their experience in school and in the workplace, how they managed their challenges, how they leveraged their gifts, and their advice for unleashing ‘the secret sauce of dyslexia’ to succeed in life. They will provide advice to teachers, parents and employers on how to enable dyslexic individuals to find their gifts and empower their advocacy.

Whether you are dyslexic or care for someone who is, we know you will be inspired and uplifted by their stories. You are not alone.  Topic – Changing Perceptions – How to leverage dyslexia to achieve success: real life stories


Pete Denman

Intel UX/UI Designer

NW Local!

LeDerick Horne

Speaker, Poet, Advocate

Madalyne Clark

Artist, Graphic Designer

Todd “Hammer” Semmes

Owner & Advocate

NW Local!


Eric McGehearty

CEO & Advocate

Natalie Tamburello

Understood – Young Adult Advocate

Sat Singh

Renaissance Foundation 




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