In 2002 a group of parents, educators, and tutors formed a steering committee to put together a Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for Alabama.
At that point, all IDA members were members of the Georgia Branch. The steering committee worked to define the purpose and goals of the group, and to officially and legally form the group. Huntsville attorney and dyslexic, Fred Simpson, drew up incorporation papers for IDA Alabama and bylaws for IDA Alabama were voted upon and approved. Incorporation was approved and the IRS gave IDA Alabama an identification number.
Saturday, April 26th, 2003 at the Scottish Rite Center in Birmingham saw all those organizational efforts come to fruition. Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Denise Gibbs, opened the meeting with a report on the status of the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Gibbs introduced special guest Tom McDonough, IDA Branch Council Southern Region Representative. Twenty six people were present for this milestone meeting with 44 members of IDA Alabama as the branch inaugurated.