The Wisconsin Branch International Dyslexia Association had its Spring Conference on April 18, 2015, at the Tundra Lodge Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, WI. We’d like to thank all who attended and helped make this year’s conference a success.

Our main speaker, Scott Marfilius, provided us with an extensive amount of information concerning assertive technology, and the technical supports that are helpful for reading, writing, and math. He also explained the principles of Universal Design for Learning as a way to benefit all learners, as well as an overview of software programs to assist in implementing this concept.

A dyslexia simulation, led by Connie Day and her helpers, offered participants a realistic perspective of what it feels like to have dyslexia.
Those involved walked away with a greater empathy for family members, friends, and students in their lives who deal with dyslexia and language processing difficulties every day.

We were fortunate to have vendors from The Gow School in South Wales, N.Y;  Bright Young Dyslexics in DePere, WI; Lindamood-BellLearning Processes in Deerfield, IL;  and Ebbie LLC – Phonoware in Burlington, WI. We encourage you to contact them to find out more about what they have to offer.

We were very lucky to receive a donation of $2,500.00 from the Keith and Paula Rohm family of Seymour, WI. The Rohms received this award from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities fund sponsored by Monsanto. They in turn designated WIBIDA to be the recipients, which enabled us to purchase two I-pads that were given away at the conference.

On the day of the conference, Decoding Dyslexia of Wisconsin donated $200.00 to WIBIDA, to help parents, teachers, tutors, or anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia. What a surprise!

Our fundraiser for the day was a raffle, with numerous items donated by WIBIDA board members and committee members.  There was a wonderful assortment of baskets for all ages and interests that made the winners very happy. The last two raffle items, a signed team football from the Green Bay Packers and an I-pad mini, elicited squeals from the winners!

It was wonderful to see so many people who are dedicated to empowering those with dyslexia, by providing the right tools and resources to be successful in school and life.

If you missed this conference, make plans now to attend our next conference on, April 23, 2016, at Hotel Marshfield in Marshfield, WI.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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