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

As teachers, parents, and students return to school, don’t forget to plan ahead for the 2019 annual conference.  Nationally recognized speakers will be Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University, who will address Response to Intervention issues and hold a Town Hall Meeting to address attendees concerns with policies and practices in testing, identification, and treatment of children with serious reading problems. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, Ed.D will bring her expertise in both dyslexia and English Language Learning, while Mary Wennersten, M.Ed., will focus on literacy issues in the classroom that every educator should know.  Registration will open in November so mark your calendars.

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, 2018
International Dyslexia Association – Southwest Branch


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