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Welcome ~ Supporting Struggling Readers for Over 40 Years

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, a 501(c3), nonprofit organization that supports individuals with dyslexia or other language-based learning disorders, as well as their families and educators. One of 42 IDA branches worldwide, we have been in existence since 1976.

Our goal is to provide educators, parents, policy makers and individuals with dyslexia up-to-date, research-based best practices related to dyslexia, language-based learning disorders and literacy acquisition so our students are successful in school and life.  We do this through our annual conference, outreach activities, publications, and by partnering with local and national organizations.

I am honored to be part of a board that brings a wealth of background knowledge, passion and information related to dyslexia, language acquisition, advocacy and research-based intervention.   We hope through our joint efforts with all of you that our struggling readers can reach their full potential. We welcome you to join us in this quest!

Until everyone can read,

Heidi Turchan, M.Ed., CALP, CDP
International Dyslexia Association
Michigan Branch

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2019 Conference Schedule


The October Conference is the same weekend as WMU’s Homecoming weekend so book your hotel room NOW!

Hotel Information:

Radisson:  Reservations can be made at or 269-343-3333
Block Name: IDA Midwest Regional Conference 2019
Cut off Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Baymont Inn and Suites West (2203 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo 49009)
call: 1-800-337-0550

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