:: international dyslexia association—upper midwest branch ::

Until Everyone Can Read

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or someone who struggles with dyslexia, the International Dyslexia Association-Upper Midwest is your touchable, trustable connection to solid information, proven strategies, local resources and unwavering support.

Wherever you are on the journey toward reading improvement, look to us as your proven partner, your go-to guide and your helping hand.

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:: OUR WORK ::

The IDA-UMB is here for...

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Resources & Information

We help teachers recognize signs and symptoms, develop classroom strategies, outline the components of effective reading instruction and other ways of helping students overcome their learning disability. 

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Education & Guidance

The IDA-UMB helps parents define and understand the characteristics of dyslexia, provides resources for assessment, testing and tutoring, guides you in dealing with your school and much more. 

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Empathy & Support

We connect you to helpful information, resources and professionals who take your struggles seriously, and who are trained to help you succeed. You’re not alone. You can improve. And we can help.

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:: our focus ::

We’re committed to...

As a 50-year old branch of a 100-year old organization, we have the experience, knowledge and commitment to make a difference.

:: quick facts ::

Did you know...

Dyslexia is the most common language-based learning disability.1
With appropriate teaching methods and motivation, people with dyslexia can successfully learn anything.
Many famous, successful people are dyslexic, including: Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom, Steve Jobs, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Dempsey and Stephen Spielberg.
Men and women are equally likely to have dyslexia.2
Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic.2
Nearly the same percentage of people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have dyslexia.2
Sources: 1 American Academy of Pediatrics; 2 Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Annual IDA-UMB Conference

Each year since 1974, the IDA–Upper Midwest hosts an annual conference, typically in April. Our conference attracts exceptional presenters with national recognition, and attendees return again and again to receive current, premium content.

Since 2020, our conference has been entirely virtual allowing registrants to review content and learn at their own pace.

Stay tuned for information on our 49th Annual Conference in 2023!

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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2022 conference!

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

Dr. Shelly Bayer is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at South Dakota State University where she works with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to create a culture of teaching excellence by promoting evidence-based strategies and encouraging professional and personal growth mindsets. Shelly earned her B.A. in English Education from South Dakota State University, her Masters of Education in Literacy (Certified Reading Specialist) from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and her doctorate in Education Administration – Adult & Higher Education through the University of South Dakota. Prior to her current employment, Shelly taught in public schools in Brookings, SD and Las Vegas, NV. Her educational background combined with her son’s identification as a dyslexic learner inspired her to work to create environments and systems that embrace the strengths of every learner and value each learner’s contributions to the process. Shelly joined the IDA-UMB Board of Directors in April 2018. She was elected as President in July 2021.