2018 IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

            DyslexiaCon18 Glossary


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Conference attendees who are also ASHA members are able to earn CEUs (various levels; professional area) by adding ASHA CEUs to their registration.

 Assistive Technology (AT) Learning Lab

At the AT Learning Lab located in the exhibit hall, experience cutting-edge technology with hands-on demonstrations and simulations used to help struggling readers in the classroom and at home.

Branch Social  

Join us at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum for an evening of dyslexia-inspired arts and entertainment. Mingle over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres as you browse a special exhibition of dyslexia-inspired student artwork.

Don't miss the featured dance and theater performance, In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic. In this signature piece, Vermont-based dancer, choreographer, and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle with learning to read.

Tickets can be purchased during registration and on-site. Space is limited.

Breakout Sessions

The meat and potatoes, the main courses of the conference. Using the conference program (described below), select courses in tracks related to your interests and expertise level.

Sessions must be selected during your registration process or at check-in to receive credit on your Certificate of Attendance.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance serve as proof of attendance at DyslexiaCon for professional purposes. This certificate will be emailed to all attendees following the conference, and is a generic certificate WITHOUT hours included. Should you need hours included, please contact us at
conference@dyslexiaida.org following the completion of the conference.

Conference Recordings

IDA audio records all sessions that we have been granted permission by the speaker(s). These sessions will be synced with the presentation slides used during the conference and will be available for digital download following the conference (additional fees apply.)

If you wish to purchase the complete conference recordings set, you must do so prior to the end of the conference as the complete set will not be available for purchase following the conference.

Dollars for Dyslexia

Leave your mark on DyslexiaCon by donating to Dollars for Dyslexia during your registration or onsite. All funds generated from this initiative will be used for educational scholarships for future attendance to the IDA Annual Conference or comparable seminars.

Dyslexia Palooza

Dyslexia Palooza is an exciting celebration that takes place on Friday evening of DyslexiaCon. The purpose of Dyslexia Palooza is to bring together our attendees to appreciate the culmination of learning and connections made while at DyslexiaCon! All ages are welcome to attend.

We are celebrating Halloween early this year at Dyslexia Palooza so be sure to bring your spookiest or most creative costume for the chance to win a special prize!

Tickets can be purchased during registration and on-site. Space is limited.


What we are all here for – the nickname of the Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning conference! Use this hashtag and/or follow activity from IDA or other attendees referencing the conference on social media platforms. 

DyslexiaCon18 Mobile App

View your schedule and maps of Foxwoods, connect with other attendees, find out what exhibitors will be in the hall, participate in the photo scavenger hunt for the chance to win awesome prizes, and receive live updates onsite directly from the app!

The app is also a great way to keep in contact with those you’ve met at the conference throughout the year! DyslexiaCon app available for download in fall 2018.

Exhibit Hall

Visit the Exhibit Hall and find vendors from all over the world that have come to DyslexiaCon to showcase their latest products and services for all of our attendees. Participate in the Passport to Literacy (see below) to enter for the chance to win prizes including a 2019 Conference Hotel and Registration package!

IDA Certification

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) issues certifications recognizing professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach individuals with dyslexia to read. The purpose of these credentials is to appropriately assess a professional’s ability to provide the necessary remediation for individuals with dyslexia and offer information to the public to choose qualified professionals. For more information, please contact the IDA Certification Department (410-901-2446) or visit our IDA Certification Help Desk onsite.

General Sessions

Attended by the entirety of the DyslexiaCon audience and occurring each day, these popular sessions highlight hot topics and provide inspiration to anyone touched by dyslexia and other learning differences. 


By joining IDA, you will be in the company of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and their support network. Your membership will not only give you exclusive access to this extraordinary community, but will also help support Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training required to help thousands of children in K-3 in the years to come.

For more information or to become a member, please contact the national home office, 410-296-0232 or visit www.dyslexiaida.org/membership.

Passport to Literacy

Use the passport booklet located in your Attendee Welcome Bag given at check-in onsite and visit each booth listed to have a representative stamp their corresponding page in your “Passport.” When filled, place the completed booklet in the box located at the IDA booth in the Exhibit Hall to be entered to win fabulous prizes, including a 2019 Conference Hotel and Registration package!

Poster Presentations

Free-standing poster display boards where speakers present their information with an opportunity for maximum interaction with the audience. Poster Presentations can be on any relevant topic and are often research based. 

Pre-Conference Symposia

Consist of the sessions that are either half – or full-day and provide multiple perspectives of a particular topic that addresses complex information and are applied in nature. These sessions take place pre-conference and are considered an additional cost.

The symposia chair will provide an introduction to the topic that will be addressed by each of the presenters from a different perspective. The symposium usually concludes with a discussion or question and answer period led by the symposium chair.


The program is used to outline all courses and events offered during DyslexiaCon. Refer to detailed session descriptions including session presenter details when selecting your schedule.

Want to receive a program in the mail? All members of IDA are sent programs, but provide us with your mailing address and we will make sure one is sent to you if you are not already a member.

The 2018 Program will become available in the summer of 2018. 


The first step of DyslexiaCon is to register. Built to provide attendees maximum information wtih ease of use, registration can be accessed online, on paper, or in person on-site.

All sessions must be added to an individual's registration in order to attend and receive credit. 

Registration will open summer of 2018.

School Visits

Information coming soon!

Session Handouts

If provided to IDA, presentations are uploaded to the IDA website. It is suggested to print these materials before arriving onsite to assist with note-taking during sessions. Please check website frequently as these are uploaded on basis of when they are provided.

Session Key    Each day of the conference is delineated in the program and registration by one of the following session codes, followed by a corresponding session number:

PC = Pre-Conference (Wednesday, October 24)
T = Thursday (October 25)
F = Friday (October 26)
S = Saturday (October 27)

For example, a session occurring on Friday will be shown as F18.

Step Up for Readers Step Challenge

Working to support struggling readers begins with the courage to take the first step.

Join the challenge to support struggling readers from around the world by participating in TeamQuest’s fun, interactive, fitness motivating Step Challenge. Top steppers will be entered to win some tremendous prizes including FREE registration to the 2019 Reading, Literacy & Learning conference!


IDA's signature fundraising and awareness building campaign. Participants can train to compete in a half marathon or marathon at one of the country's top travel destinations. Participants will receive step by step guidance for fundraising, endurance training, paid race registration, hotel accommodations, and admission for pre and post event parties. 

Not a runner? TeamQuest representatives will work with you to design your own fundraising drive to bring awareness to the IDA mission and fund your local school or teacher.

Virtual Conference

The IDA Virtual Conference enables attendees’ to have live, interactive access to the experience of conference attendance virtually and with ease. The virtual conference allows viewers to connect with conference content, learn from an engaged community, and be inspired by others to work towards assisting struggling readers. For more information, visit the Virtual Conference information page. 

Questions? Contact the IDA Conference Department for further assistance.