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Math Learning Difficulties and Strategies

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Hongwanji Mission School (41 Iliahi Street, Honolulu)

Workshop Presenter: Eryle Okamura, B.S. Visual Science, O.D., M.Ed.
has been in private practice as an optometrist since 1985. Dr. Okamura also received specialized multisensory math training through UC Berkeley and from Ron Yoshimoto, M.S.W., Fellow/AOGPE. He received his Master’s degree in Mathematics: Curriculum and Instruction, and has been teaching students with learning differences since 2010. He practices alongside his wife, Susan Okamura, a Certified Orton-Gillingham practitioner and a speech-language pathologist who owns Bridge the Gap academic services.

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Contact HIDA: info.HI@DyslexiaIDA.org

Partial Scholarships available for teachers

Click here to apply by August 30, 2019.

The Reading Brain: Development, Difficulties and Intervention

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union in Honolulu

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Christodoulou is an award-winning researcher, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Director of the Brain Education, and Mind (BEAM) Lab in the Center for Health and Rehabilitation Research at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 Contact HIDA: info.HI@DyslexiaIDA.org

Airfare waivers for Kaua‘i educators 

Through the generosity of the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, HIDA is pleased to offer airfare waivers for Kaua‘i educators to attend the August 10, 2019 workshop in Honolulu.  

Please note: 
— airfare waivers are limited
— waivers cover airfare only; attendee is responsible for workshop registration fee ($25/$35) and any other incidentals related to travel (e.g., ground transportation) to Honolulu to attend this workshop

Click here to apply for an airfare waiver by July 26, 2019. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by July 31, 2019.

Workshop in collaboration with the Pacific Literacy Consortium.  

Click here to listen to a Pacific Education Pulse (PEP) podcast with Dr. Christodoulou speaking about the brain basis of reading

8:00 AM
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Register* to Walk/Make a Donation*
*At HIDA’s Team page, Click “Pledge To This Team” to register for the walk or make a donation.
Lots of free food and drinks along the 5.25 mile roundtrip walk through Waikiki. What a great opportunity to raise awareness of dyslexia and funds for HIDA programs while we walk (and eat!) our way through Waikiki!  Spearheaded by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association and it’s nonprofit arm – the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation.

Questions? Contact Margaret Higa: mhiga.HI@DyslexiaIDA.org or 538-7007

Walk with “Team HIDA”… Mahalo for your support!


April 26, 2019  ♦  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  
Royal Hawaiian Golf Club  ♦  770 Auloa Road  ♦  Kailua, O’ahu

  • Live Entertainment featuring Nā’ehu
  • Dinner
  • Silent Auction

Buy Event Tickets  — $100 per ticket*
* online payment processing fee will be applied

Table Sponsorships available. Contact HIDA’s Executive Director, Margaret Higa: mhiga.HI@DyslexiaIDA.org or (808) 538-7007 


DATE: Tuesday April 30, 2019

TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Mary, Star of the Sea School (4469 Malia Street in Honolulu)

PARKING: free on campus; enter from Malia Street

AUDIENCE: People interested in learning more about dyslexia and how to help children who struggle to read, including: parents, grandparents, teachers, tutors

FREE TO REGISTER: https://hida0430.eventbrite.com


OVERVIEW:  It is estimated that 15-20% of the population has dyslexia or another reading disability. They struggle reading, writing, remembering, listening or expressing themselves clearly.  Dyslexia affects every aspect of life — imagine those struggles as you go to school, work, grocery shop, or even “talk story” with your friends.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Characteristics of dyslexia
  • Why dyslexic children struggle with schoolwork
  • Strategies, tips and resources to help dyslexic children navigate for success in the classroom and beyond

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy* of each of these HIDA publications:

  • A Resource Guide About Dyslexia for People in Hawaii
  • Tips for Parents and Families of Children with Dyslexia

* one copy of each publication per family

QUESTIONS? Contact HIDA’s Executive Director, Margaret Higa:  mhiga.HI@DyslexiaIDA.org or (808) 538-7007


FREE presentation for high school students and their families

Presented by: Beacon College (Florida), Assets High School and Hawai’i Branch of the International Dyslexia Association-HIDA

DATE: Monday April 22, 2019

TIME: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Assets High School (Damon Hall), 913 Alewa Drive in Honolulu

PARKING: Free parking on campus; alternate on-street parking as available

Presentation will include:

  • Overcoming gaps in college readiness
  • Navigating disability services in college
  • Panel discussion featuring recent college graduates


Please direct event questions to Farris James, Assets High School College Counselor: fjames@assets-school.net

DATE: Tuesday April 2, 1029   
TIME: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
FREE TO REGISTER: https://hida4219.eventbrite.com   
This webinar will use the Zoom platform and may be accessed on computers and mobile devices that are connected to the internet. After you register, you will be emailed login instructions for the webinar.
Webinar Description: Writing is a very complex process that requires many skills. Good writers plan, revise, and implement strategies when engaging in the writing process. Students with dyslexia may struggle with writing skills that require additional instruction and intervention. In this session, the presenter will discuss the evidence-based practice of Self-Regulated Strategy Development for improving the writing of students with dyslexia. The presenter will provide several strategies for elementary and secondary students.  This session will address:

  • Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) Writing Instruction
  • Writing strategies for informative, argumentative, and narrative writing
  • Strategies for self-regulating the writing process
Webinar Presenter: Amber B. Ray, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the M.Ed. Literacy Specialist program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the Department of Special Education, College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies specializing in Special Education at Arizona State University. She has experience teaching students with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Her research interests focus on writing and reading interventions to help students with disabilities succeed in school. She is interested in strategy and self-regulation approaches to instruction for students who struggle with learning. Amber aims to use her knowledge, gained through research, to help current educators and prepare future teachers use effective instructional techniques when teaching struggling learners and students with disabilities.
FREE — Join us at the Lihue Public Library on Kaua’i for HIDA’s “Dyslexia 101” video series.  Each showing will be followed by informal discussion.

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HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
1226 College Walk, Honolulu

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