:: IDA National Office ::

Providing Advocacy, Resources & Services

The International Dyslexia Association, Inc. (IDA), based in Baltimore, MD, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charity, organized and operated to provide advocacy, resources and services to teaching professionals, advocates and individuals and families impacted by dyslexia and other related learning differences.
IDA teamwork

:: their work ::

The national office...

  • Publishes information about dyslexia on its website
  • Publishes a peer-reviewed scientific journal, “Annals of Dyslexia”
  • Provides newsletter updates to members
  • Provides referral services to individuals and professionals
  • Advocates for the rights of individuals with dyslexia through the legal and Federal legislative systems
  • Publishes a library of peer reviewed fact sheets
  • Provides access to regional experts that help support grassroots state and regional educational and advocacy efforts
  • Works to match increasing demand for teacher training and teacher preparation aligned with the IDA Knowledge & Practice standards

:: fast facts ::

IDA by the Numbers


Members in the National Organization


Branches Throughout the U.S. and Canada


Countries Where IDA has Global Partners

Become a Member of the IDA

By being a member of IDA, you will be equipped with the latest information to best position you to advocate for your child or yourself, teach students with reading difficulties, and support the people in your life with dyslexia. 

Your membership includes exclusive access to our extraordinary community of researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents, and will support the Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training which will help thousands of children in the years to come. 

:: membership includes::

  • Connection to our community of members in all 50 U.S. states and 50 countries
  • Affiliation with your local IDA Branch
  • Discounts on IDA’s annual DyslexiaCon and Branch events
  • Access to renowned publications
  • Member rates for IDA TV and ShopID
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.