Video Library

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Check back often to watch what’s happening across the country. IDA has created this video library to create a one-stop-shop for various video clips, interviews, and informative media clips from our partners regarding Dyslexia and related learning disabilities. Visit the IDA’s YouTube Channel for more IDA related videos! Have a video you want us to share? Email us so it can be reviewed!



August 2013

Drake Duane Video ImageIDA’s Historical Archives Committee took on the task of videotaping interviews of some previous IDA Presidents and a Vice President. Members of the committee carried out the interviews at the 2012 Annual Conference in Baltimore. The videos, starting with Drake Duane, M.D., appeared in some issues of The Examiner. Thank you to all who made these videos, so rich in IDA history, as well as rich in the history of the field of dyslexia, possible. The previous presidents interviewed include: Wilson Anderson, Karen Dakin, Marcia Henry, Amy Lawrence, Martha Renner, and Mark Westervelt. Mark also provided the technical support for the videotaping. Click here to view the series of videos.

June 2013

Dr. Eden Video Still ShotAbnormal Vision Motion Processing Not a Cause of Dyslexia Yes, people with dyslexia do have subtle visual system differences but, no, these visual differences do not cause the condition and its associated reading difficulties. Watch this video (and read the article above) to learn more about the breakthrough research carried out by Guinevere Eden, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Learning at George Washington University Medical Center, and Past- President of IDA, and her team. Watch the video here.


March 2013

Diana KIng InterviewVideo Tribute to Dr. Diana King, IDA Pioneer and Living Legend Dr. Diana King began her career as a teacher in Southern Rhodesia where she fell in love with teaching and language. Diana spoke Italian, German and French and taught Latin, as well. She discovered that combining her passion for teaching with her passion for language still did not allow her to successfully teach some obviously bright and motivated students. Fortunately, for those of us touched by her dedication to teaching each child, Diana found herself teaching at the Sidwell Friends School where she learned about the Orton-Gillingham approach. Although her mentor at the time, Helene Durbrow, guided Diana’s mastery of the multisensory, sequential program, Diana also received guided instruction from Anna Gillingham, herself. It was Helene Durbrow who brought Diana to her first Orton Society meeting. Diana holds the record for IDA membership, having first joined in 1951! Read more and watch the interview.

February 2013

Screenshot 2015-09-18 at 2.13.11 PMDyslexia and the Quest for Grade Level Reading On Feb. 25, 2013, the Tremaine Foundation and Campaign for Grade-Level Reading hosted a national policy briefing in Washington, D.C., on dyslexia and the quest for grade-level reading proficiency. The event featured special remarks from Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who struggled with dyslexia as a child, and has become a champion for policies that start early to identify struggling readers and ensure more students learn to read proficiently by the time they finish third grade. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3



Enitan screenshotShort Film Captures Despair of Student with Dyslexia “Enitan” is a 10 minute film that captures the despair of Enitan, a young girl with dyslexia, who is misunderstood by her teacher, tutor, and family. It also shows how the power of enlightenment and the love and support of family can lead to the positive change needed to overcome dyslexia. Enitan was written by Chris Odeh, directed by Ishaya Bako and produced by Sebari Diete Spiff, a Nigerian filmmaker and screenwriter. Watch the video here. More information available here.


December 2012

Sylvia Richardson Interview ScreenshotTribute to IDA Pioneer: Sylvia Richardson Dr. Sylvia Onesti Richardson, the eighth President of the Orton Dyslexia Society, now known as the International Dyslexia Association, was described by Rosemary Bowler upon her presentation of the Samuel T. Orton Award in 1992 to Sylvia as “perhaps the most articulate, traveled, and acclaimed spokesperson for dyslexia in the nation.” Sylvia’s involvement with the education, speech-language and medical communities helped to cross-fertilize the cutting-edge research with which she and other members of the Society were engaged, thus helping to disseminate this critical information. She has written and helped to write over 100 publications and has received honors and awards from a number of organizations. Having been active in so many organizations supporting learning disabilities, why has the Orton Society, now the International Dyslexia Association, been so fortunate to have secured Dr. Richardson’s devotion to its mission? In this video Karen Dakin, Editor of The Examiner, and Secretary of IDA, interviews Dr. Richardson who explains why she found her home with the IDA and, with her usual wit and intelligence, so much more about her remarkable career. Click here to watch the video.

November 2012

Spielberg Bradlee Interview Screen ShotExclusive Video Interview: Steven Spielberg on his Dyslexia

In this exclusive interview, Steven Spielberg discusses his dyslexia for the first time ever, with Quinn Bradlee of Friends of Quinn. “When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set.” Remarkably, the world famous director of E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and Raiders of the Lost Ark was diagnosed with dyslexia only a few years ago. While he wishes that there had been more awareness of LDs in the 50s, he acknowledges the impact of his supportive parents who helped him endlessly with his studies, making sure he did add well as he possibly could in school

Read more and watch the interview.

October 2012 Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference Webcast

Click here to view the webcast.



August 2012

Dr. KauffmanDr. Kaufman Speaks on the Science of Reading and the Brain

How an individual achieves knowledge is largely through reading. Almost every person knows at least one person who struggles with some aspect of reading mastery. Science has unlocked many of the mysteries and complex functions of the reading brain. Strides in brain research can now explain potential causes of reading difficulties including the most commonly misunderstood of all, dyslexia, and can relieve fears and uncertainties about how to provide relevant and effective reading instructional practices. Social media coupled with science can help unite our understanding of the reading brain. Reading Matters to Maine has posted an excellent video presentation by Christopher Kaufman, Ph.D., A Conversation about the Reading and the Brain. Click Here to watch a 5 minute highlight video or the full 90 minute presentation.

May 2012

Elenn Steinberg Interview ScreengrabSteinberg Discusses Problems with 3rd-Grade Retention Policies

Elenn Steinberg, President of the Rocky Mountain Branch of IDA, and Co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee, is a founding member of Literate Nation, a Wilson certified tutor and the parent of a child with dyslexia. Elenn was interviewed by Natalie Tysdal on KWGN television news regarding pending Colorado legislation that would hold back third grade students who can’t read at grade level. Click Here to watch the video.

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