The International Council on Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties is the highest collegiate consultative body to organize policies related to people with dyslexia at a global level.

The International Council is made up of:

  • OIDEA members who wish to
  • The representatives of the states
  • Public and private institutions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Subject matter experts

Statutory regulation



Article 41. The Organization will have an International Council for Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties, which will be made up of two types of Directors:

  • Permanent Advisors: They are those members of the OIDEA who wish to form part of the International Council. They will have voice and vote rights.
  • Observer Counselors: They are those persons and/or entities interested in participating and collaborating in the sessions of the International Council. They will have the right to speak but not to vote.

All members of the International Council will have the treatment of Honorable Counselor. 

Article 42. The members of the Council must be appointed by the Presidency at its own proposal, by the Board of Directors or by the different members of the OIDEA.  

Article 43. These may be dismissed by voluntary resignation communicated in writing to the Board of Directors, due to breach of the obligations entrusted to them and/or due to lack of confidence of the OIDEA Presidency. 

Article 44. The Presidency of the International Council will be held by the President of the OIDEA.  

Article 45. Among the members of the International Council, a Vice President will be elected to coordinate the sessions and members of the Council. The mandate will be one year and may be re-elected. 

Article 46. Among the members of the International Council, a Secretary will be chosen to record the minutes of the sessions and coordinate the calls of the International Council. The mandate will be one year and may be re-elected. 

Article 47. The International Council will meet as many times as determined by its President or at the request of 2/3 of its members. It will be validly constituted at first call when a third of the members with the right to vote attend it, and at the second call regardless of the number of members with the right to vote.    

Article 48. Faculties of the International Council  

The particular faculties of the International Council are:   

  • Agree on the activities carried out by the members of the Organization 
  • Propose joint activities 
  • Draw priority lines  
  • Preparation of documentation and manuals  
  • Preparation of studies and surveys 
  • Proposals for study, dissemination and research 
  • Offer advice to public and private entities 
  • Propose recommendations on dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. 
  • Coordinate activities on the occasion of International Dyslexia Day. 
  • Provide the Organization with updated and detailed information on the situation of people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties in each of the States. 
  • Any other power entrusted to it by the Presidency or the Board of Directors 

Article 49. The members of the Council and the Board of Directors may propose entities and experts in the matter that are considered relevant, to participate in the sessions and plenary sessions of the International Council. They will have the right to voice, but without vote.  

Article 50. The deliberations of the International Council will be of a secret nature. 

Basic principles to be part of the International Council

To be a member of the International Council, one must have respected and complied with these basic principles.

Common front for the rights of people with dyslexia and other deas

People and entities will enable continuous and stable communication channels to avoid negative interference in open negotiations with public administrations that are aimed at achieving the rights of people with dyslexia and other DEAs.

Respect for the entities that make up the collective

All the people who are part of the associative entities undertake to respect the rest of them, taking into account that each  one works with its own idiosyncrasy and there are different forms and times, all of them respectable.

Public administrations and organizations will deal with the same issue with the same interlocutors, that is, participation will be avoided. scratch of other associative entities when in negotiations with a precedent. In any case, the entity with which negotiations are being carried out will be invited to join with others that request their entry into the process, so that they can form a common front, if appropriate.

Respect for the work and milestones achieved by the entities

There are many achievements and advances regarding the rights of people with dyslexia, which should not be forgotten. The most important of them is that people with dyslexia currently have recognition and basic legislation that regulates their educational situation.

This visibility and rights are possible today because, at some previous time, non-profit entities worked to achieve it, in difficult times and times when social networks did not even exist to open the way and make dyslexia visible.

Respect for the people who are part of the group

At all times the people who belong to the group or entities in general on dyslexia, are occupying a position on behalf of their organization and must live up to these circumstances.

If someone who is part of these entities has a personal conflict with another person from another entity, they must resolve it in the private sphere. This type of conflict can have a very negative effect on the entity it represents and, by extension, damage the image of the entire group.

Our society is diverse in ideas, in ways of proceeding and in people, and that enriches us. Personal differences must be left aside, prevailing the aims and objectives of the entity that is represented. The work must be constructive within a framework of respect for people and entities that work for the same common purpose.

Democratic functioning as a fundamental norm of the state

Within the framework of a democratic and legal State, the decisions legitimately taken by the governing bodies of the entities in compliance with their Statutes and other regulations in force must be respected.

That is why all the people who are part of these entities must comply with the democratic mandates of their governing and representative bodies, thus respecting the democratic decisions of the majority of the people who make up these structures.

Networks and social media

The people in charge of the networks and social media of the associative entities of dyslexia and other DEAs, must guarantee the reliable information of what is shared in said networks, without undermining, in any case, the work of other homonymous entities or making use of said networks in order to publicly attack people or entities that are related to this cause.

international dyslexia day

Individuals and organizations undertake to actively collaborate in making the cause visible, and to respect the democratic decision to establish October 8 as International Dyslexia Day as well as the color turquoise, to which 30 sovereign States have joined.

Common front against the geographical over-representation of the entities of the collective

People and entities will not sponsor and will try to avoid the creation of new entities that have the same geographical range (national, provincial, local, regional...) with the intention that families and people with dyslexia have a single reference instead. of residence. As far as possible, the union between these entities with different ideas and ways of working will be encouraged, trying to join forces and unite synergies for the good of the cause, overcoming matters of a personal or private nature.

Support for the oldest and most established entity should always prevail in order to avoid duplication and cause confusion in the authorities, professionals, families and people with dyslexia, with contradictory messages and that can alter the channels of communication and work already solidly channelled. .