About Us

About the Tennessee Branch

The Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (TN IDA) was formed to increase awareness about Dyslexia in the state of Tennessee. TN IDA supports efforts to provide information regarding appropriate language arts instruction to those involved with language-based learning differences and to encourage the identity of these individuals at-risk for such disorders as soon as possible. IDA and the TN IDA believe that a researched, multisensory, sequential, and systematic language program highlighting direct and explicit delivery is the criteria by which the best approaches currently available are defined; however, the Association does not endorse specific programs, speakers or instructional materials.


TN IDA Mission Statement 
The mission of the Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (TN IDA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is to support the goals of IDA in a way that improves our communities and the state as a whole by:
  • Recommending a model for dyslexia intervention, emphasizing structured multisensory literacy instruction in combination with accommodations including assistive technology.
  • Providing professional development and training opportunities for teachers
  • Assisting families in their search for service providers
  • Actively working with policy makers to improve state and local education and services for teachers and individuals with dyslexia and related disorders
  • Disseminating information to and increasing the awareness of the families and professionals that are touched by language-based learning difficulties.