About Us

Established in 1949, The Orton Society was formed by the colleagues of the late Samuel T. Orton. This group of physicians, teachers, speech therapists, and parents decided to form the Orton Society so that they could learn from each other and share their experiences with others who had not known Dr. Orton personally. Over the next 50 years, with a broadly scientific and educational commitment, the organization published journals, newsletters, books, and formed branches, and planned numerous conferences that included many topics related to dyslexia. In 1997 the name of the organization was changed to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Our mission is "To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need". 

IDA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a home office, 43 branches in the United States and Canada, and 26 Global Partners providing educator training and certification, publications and information, and support to help struggling readers around the world. IDA is the authoritative voice of current and reliable research and information to educate families and professionals about dyslexia and to inform the practice and policy changes needed to provide effective instruction for all people to learn to read.

Our members are a global network of people with dyslexia, their families, educators, diagnosticians, physicians, researchers, and other professionals in the field. IDA provides publications and information and referral services to thousands of people each year, and its annual conference attracts thousands of researchers, clinicians, parents, teachers, psychologists, educational therapists, and people with dyslexia.

For more information about us or questions regarding IDA TV please contact us at:  info@dyslexiaida.org

Let's stand together "Until Everyone Can Read"