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Welcome to the Southwest Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA),  

Thank you to all those who attended our conference on February 22-23, and to all those who worked behind the scenes to make it happen.  Researcher Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University, led our first-ever Town Hall meeting which allowed input from the attendees who had some excellent questions.  Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Ed.D was not only a gifted presenter but her expertise in explaining how dyslexia interfaces with Spanish and English has encouraged a number of districts to rethink how they work with ELL students, and Mary Wennersten, M.Ed., focused on literacy issues in the classroom that every educator should know.  As I write, the SWIDA Conference Program Committee is already at work planning for 2020, trying to secure national speakers who will address the issues this year’s attendees requested. 

Now if you are new to this website, you may want to know who we are.   In brief, SWIDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy in New Mexico and the El Paso area.

Founded in 1987, the Southwest Branch joins over 42 national branches of IDA and numerous international affiliations in striving to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write . . . in a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership. In addition, the Southwest Branch provides regional workshops,  “Experience Dyslexia” simulations to train teachers and increase public awareness of dyslexia, and student events. 

Claudia Gutierrez
President, 2019-2020
International Dyslexia Association – Southwest Branch


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