Fact Sheet Library

IDA fact sheets are convenient, professionally reviewed materials designed to improve understanding and support advocacy initiatives. Fact sheets are frequently used to enrich and supplement IEP meetings, school board discussions, and district policy initiatives. Click on topics of interest below to view and download fact sheets.
A Family Guide to Building Language Comprehension Through Reading Aloud
Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia
Advocating for Students with Dyslexia in Public Schools
Applying For Accommodations On College Entrance Tests
Dyslexia and the Brain
The Dyslexia-Stress-Anxiety Connection
Evaluating Professionals
Gifted and Dyslexic: Identifying and Instructing the Twice Exceptional Student
Why Homeschool a Student With Dyslexia
Oral Language Impairments and Dyslexia
Transitioning from High School to College
Understanding Dysgraphia

For additional topics, please visit the fact sheet library on the IDA National Office Website.

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.