So CA Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Assoc

Everybody Reads

aka Tri-Counties Branch International Dyslexia Association   |   Riverside, CA   |  http://socal.dyslexiaida.org

Mission

The So CA Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association endeavors to bring researchers and relevant literacy topics to the public and to share information regarding literacy, including dyslexia, via media, personal contact, and events focused on literacy. We serve the geographic areas of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties as well as San Gabriel, CA and Southern Nevada.

Notes from the nonprofit

Regarding our assets. We have two restricted funds that are allowed to be used only for 1)scholarships and 2)conferences. We use the interest earned each year and work hard to maintain the principle as is.

Ruling year info

1985

President

Elaine Offstein MA

Vice President

Regina G Richards MA

Main address

5225 Canyon Crest Dr Ste 71-308

Riverside, CA 92507 USA

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Formerly known as

International Dyslexia Association - Inland Empire Branch

EIN

33-0060987

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (E03)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Our programs

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2017 Annual Conference - Strategies for Struggling Learners

A conference promoting greater understanding of literacy and learning issues for parents and educators. Presenting keynote sessions plus breakout sessions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer a free webinar each month on various topics appropriate for teachers and parents of students who learn differently. The topics of our 2016 webinars included: dyslexia; sensory processing and the child; improving writing skills, the who, what, when, and why of reading instruction; English Language Time Travel; There's no such thing as a sight word; listening, comprehension & vocabulary - for early literacy; dysgraphia and handwriting; assistive technology; University Avenue (getting ready for college success).

Population(s) Served
Adults

We showed the movie, "Dislecksia: The Movie" by Harvey Hubbell V and produced by Eric Gardner. This documentary seeks to educate and inform the public about reading difficulties, especially Dyslexia.
Dyslexia is characterized by difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite normal intelligence. Our goal is to share information about dyslexia since over 15-35 million suffer with it. Almost 85% of juvenile offenders have it. But also many self-made millionaires have it and in many personal accounts, they describe how their minds work (it is often different) and also what they attribute their success to. We coordinated with The Prentice School which provided the location and refreshments.
The video was followed by a Panel Discussion and a Q&A. The panel included Dr. Virginia Mann, Prentice's Interim Principal; Margaret Allan, teacher at Prentice; and Dr. Marc Lerner, pediatric developmental and behavioral physician.
We had two other similar video programs in 2021.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We attend a variety of expo and information fairs to distribute information about dyslexia. Being nonprofit, there is to fee to be involved. Our board members print the flyers, etc themselves. We offer simulations and a variety of information, including brochures, newsletters, fact sheets, etc. In 2019, we attended 18 such fairs and expos.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A conference promoting greater understanding of literacy and learning issues for parents, teachers, and adult dyslexics. April 13, 2019.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The conference promoting greater understanding of literacy and learning issues for parents, teachers, and adult dyslexics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending our monthly webinars.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Webinar series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This indicates the number of people registered and attending our webinars. It does not count the people who accessed the webinar after it was placed online.

Goals & Strategy

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The mission of Southern California Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (TCB) is to improve literacy and access to appropriate education in the communities we serve. We want to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, to assist parents and teachers in identifying children who may need specialized instruction in order to learn to read.

We are dedicated to facilitating literary success in our communities through appropriate recognition, understanding and effective instructional strategy implementation for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

We believe that all individuals have the right to achieve their potential; that individual learning abilities can be strengthened; and that social, educational and cultural barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed.

There are several different types of events that we provide to increase education and understanding of dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. We sponsor an annual conference where we invite researchers, authors, educators, and experts in the fields of education, neuroscience, technology, learning, and reading acquisition to present the latest information on appropriate recognition, understanding and effective instructional strategy implementation for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Our conferences are open to educators, administrators, psychologists, speech therapists, educational therapists, tutors, parents of dyslexics, and adult dyslexics. The purpose of our conferences is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding learning disabilities and are provided at low cost to make ends meet. Scholarships are also available to help defray conference costs. We seek grants to help defray the cost of the speakers, etc.

In addition to our conferences, we sponsor free, monthly webinars on a variety of subjects related to issues surrounding dyslexia recognition and effective instruction. We are able to present these free due to the generosity of an annual donor.

We publish newsletters; present free, public forums and community meetings; we sponsor regular parent support groups; create, distribute, and provide resources and informational packets to parents, teachers, and professionals, as well as individuals with dyslexia and learning disabilities.

We maintain a website which provides free downloads for anyone seeking information about dyslexia causes, research, and testing, as well as appropriate instruction and accommodations for students with dyslexia. We have a "contact us" page where individuals can send emails with questions and receive personal responses from a member of our board.

Our goals for the future include increasing attendance at our Annual Spring Conference, increasing our branch participation at free expos and fairs, increasing attendance at our webinars, increasing participation at our parent support groups.

TCB is an all-volunteer organization. Our Board of Directors is made up of both professional and lay persons, with a total of fifteen people. We provide the planning manpower for our events. Our board meets regularly, both virtually and in person, and each board member provides an annual donation. Besides the board, we have many volunteers who come out to help us with various events. These people are contacted through our 2,000 plus name mailing list of local volunteers.

In order to pay for event venues, speakers, food, etc. we raise money through various channels. We have a silent auction and raffle at our annual conference; items range from educational materials, to trips, artwork, and tickets to events. We recently started holding an annual Casino Night, which has proved to be fun for everyone. We provide workshops where speakers and special presenters are usually paid for their time; however some give us discounted rates and at times presenters have donated their time.

When someone joins IDA, the majority of their membership fee goes to help support the functions of the national office and a small percentage is given to the branch. In addition to our fundraising activities, we are constantly applying for grant opportunities, since both large and small grants provide the majority of our funds.

Progress with conferences - our attendance continues to grow and the feedback remains outstanding. Participants greatly enjoy the professionalism of the speakers and how reachable they are. Each speaker aims to provide the participants with take-home activities that they may use immediately to help their students. Our upcoming annual conference is scheduled for February 26, 2022 and we've already had requests to pre-register, due to its mention on our website.

Our webinars are highly successful and the attendance ranges between 100 and 250 people each time. We are pleased to notice that we always have registrants from around the world and throughout the USA.

In general, we are experiencing increased attendance and interest in our events and believe that is a barometer of how our message is permeating the general public awareness and curiosity about dyslexia and learning disabilities.

Progress with our overall community of awareness of dyslexia - this is greatly increasing through our emails and phone calls, as well as our various events, including our webinars. We now have two active parent support groups, one in Orange County and one is Riverside County. Creating on-going parent support groups for parents of children with dyslexia has been one of our mail goals.

The most important component of providing appropriate instruction is for teachers to have training and expertise in creating lessons geared to the needs of children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. In the summer of 2016, we sponsored an Orton-Gillingham teacher training. For several years, we sponsored a Project Read teacher training. For the last 3 years and again this year (2021), we are co-sponsoring training in the Wilson Language Programs. These programs all use the strategies outlines in a "Structured Literacy" program.

Our goals for the future include increasing attendance at our Annual Spring Conference, increasing our branch participation at free expos and fairs, increasing attendance at our webinars, increasing participation at our parent support groups. We also aim to increase our participation at our fairs and also at our community meetings/workshops.

Financials

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So CA Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Assoc

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Elaine Offstein


Board co-chair

Regina Richards

RET Center Press

Term: 2017 - 2021

Elaine Offstein

Educational Therapist

Regina Richards

Richards Educational Therapy Center, Inc., University of California Riverside Instructor

Denise Rountree

Student

Christine Denison

Instructional Assistant Spec Ed, Riverside USD

Elena Alvarez

School Psychologist

Marianne Cintron

Author, Ed Specialist, Ed Therapist

Cathy Johnson

Johnson Academy & Speech, Language, Learning Center

Haya Sakadjian

Parent

Sharon Landers

Carson City Manager

Regina Manning

EZR Learning Solutions

Sally Kabbara

Parent

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability