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DWU special education professor, Johnson, joins International Dyslexia Association board

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dr. Donna M. Johnson, assistant professor of education at Dakota Wesleyan University, recently joined the board of directors of the Upper Midwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

According to its website, “The International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch (IDA-UMB) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that supports individuals with dyslexia and related, language-based learning disorders, as well as their families and educators.”

The Upper Midwest Branch of IDA serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

Johnson is the third South Dakotan on the board, joining Sue Hegland, of Brandon, and Stephanie Spaan, of Sioux Falls.

The film “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” was screened last fall at the Patten Wing Theatre on the DWU campus and attended by students, area teachers and parents. Following the screening, Johnson, Hegland and Spaan participated in a panel to discuss dyslexia and answer questions from the audience.

Next week, Johnson will attend IDA-UMB’s 40th Annual Conference at the Continuing Education and Conference Center at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul campus. Johnson teaches courses in the special education and elementary education majors at Dakota Wesleyan.



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