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Welcome to the Massachusetts Branch of The International Dyslexia Association. The International Dyslexia Association provides a forum where parents, educators, individuals with dyslexia and researchers share their knowledge about a disorder that affects up to 20 percent of the United States population.

We provide parent round tables, professional education seminars and other resources to increase public awareness and remediation of dyslexia. Thank you for visiting our website!

Dinan Messiqua

International Dyslexia Association
Massachusetts Branch





In case you missed it…

Our recent parent webinar, “Supporting Your Struggling Reader During the Pandemic” is now available on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page!


In this hour-long webinar for parents, clinical professor and educational attorney Michael Gregory provides timely information for understanding and navigating school services during the pandemic. Special education consultant and IDA board member Dinan Messiqua highlights strategies and tools for supporting your struggling reader’s progress at home. Child psychologist and author Ellen O’Donnell concludes the hour with advice for families coping with COVID-related stress and anxiety.

Additional Resources for Parents and Families

Want to learn more? Our expert panelists have shared these valuable resources for navigating special education services and supporting your struggling reader at home during the pandemic.

Resources for Navigating Special Education Services
Michael Gregory, Esq.
Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Member of the Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Managing Attorney, Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative

Supporting Literacy Skills at Home
Dinan Messiqua, MA, MEd, Certified-OG
Special Education Consultant
Communications Chair, IIDA Massachusetts Branch

Talking About Covid-19 with our Wonderers and Worriers
Ellen O’Donnell, PhD
Child Psychologist, MassGeneral Hospital for Children & Harvard Medical School
Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston
Co-Author of Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World

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