The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA) has been in the forefront nationally in outreach to the community with Experience Dyslexia®, A Simulation.

In the past five years, the Simulation has been presented as an in-service program for private and public schools, pre-school to high school, for groups of 20 – 180 participants. In addition, Simulations have been provided to students in an education course at a liberal arts college, to multiple community groups, and at the annual PBIDA conference. In the western region of Pennsylvania, Simulations were provided to Intermediate Units and public schools. Through these various Simulations, PBIDA reached over 2,000 participants.

Our Simulation volunteers have included psychologists, physicians, educators, school administrators, reading specialists, multisensory tutors, individuals (teenagers and adults) with dyslexia, and parents of children with learning disabilities.

What is the Simulation?

The Simulation often begins with a brief discussion of dyslexia, including the neurological basis, the demographics, the warning signs, and the interventions which have been shown, through solid research, to have positive impact.

Participants then take part in a series of simulated activities which mimic the experiences and processing of those with dyslexia.

  • Learn to Read, simulates a beginning reading problem
  • Listen to Me, simulates an auditory processing problem
  • Write with Mirrors, simulates a visual-motor and writing problem
  • Alphabet Arithmetic, simulates issues with timed tests and memorization
  • Write or Left, simulates a copying and dictation problem
  • “E”asy Spelling, simulates a spelling test with multiple spelling of a sound

Finally, participants ask questions of an experienced panel.

Experience Dyslexia, A Simulation is available through PBIDA in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

PBIDA is able to tailor the simulation to the size and background of your audience and to the physical facilities of your meeting location.


The Simulation is designed for parents, teachers and other educators, and students in middle school and older. For exceptions, please contact PBIDA.

  • Up to 20 registrants – $300
  • 20 – 40 registrants – $400
  • 41 – 90 registrants – $500

These programs are no less than 1/2 day.

  • Start at $1,000


Fill out this form and the Simulation team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note: Simulations require a two month lead time to schedule. We will do our best to honor requests within two months, but that cannot be guaranteed.


Photo credits: Becca Boston

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