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Each year the IDA New Jersey Branch presents the Niewswand Outstanding Student Award, the Literacy for All Award, the Community Service Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award to four deserving New Jersey residents. These awards are presented at the Eileen Grasso Fundraising Dinner held each year on the eve of the fall conference and recognize the achievements and dedication of individuals with dyslexia, school districts, volunteers, and IDA New Jersey Branch members. Any teacher, parent or individual may make a nomination (see award descriptions and requirements below).  Past recipients of these four awards unanimously claim that the recognition  made a significant difference in their lives, often giving them the courage and hope to continue in their pursuit. IDA New Jersey Branch is proud to honor such individuals. Make a nomination.

Neiswand Outstanding Student Award
This award is presented annually to an individual with dyslexia living in New Jersey. This award can go to a student of any age who has committed a minimum of two years to reading remediation and demonstrates an understanding of his or her struggles, a positive attitude and motivation in the face of ongoing challenges.

Community Service Award
This award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated tireless volunteerism and unflagging dedication to advance the mission of IDA New Jersey Branch. The result of these noteworthy efforts have made a significant contribution in improving outcomes for individuals with dyslexia. This individual need not be a member of IDA New Jersey Branch.

Literacy for all Award
This award is presented annually to a public or private school or school district in any rural, suburban, or urban area of New Jersey that demonstrates a minimum of a two year commitment to a multisensory reading program and has promoted early identification and research based interventions.

Outstanding Achievement Award
This award is presented annually to a professional who, through their hard work and dedication in IDA New Jersey Branch, has made continuous contributions to the field of learning disabilities that have resulted in a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with dyslexia and their families.


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