The Webb International Center for Dyslexia, Inc. (WICD) exists to help children, parents, teachers and other adults involved in the lives of children come to understand that children learn in many different ways. WICD is dedicated to helping people with dyslexia and other school-based learning difficulties overcome their challenges while simultaneously challenging their strengths. WICD seeks to perpetuate Dr. Webb's teaching philosophy that "preservation of a child's self esteem is as critical as learning to read". It too is a life-long skill.
Webb International was established in 1990 by Billy Baldwin, a graduate of Curry College and its Program for Advancement in Learning which was founded by Dr. Webb in 1969. The program, affectionately called PAL was the first program in the United States for college able dyslexics. When Billy graduated from Curry, he asked the following questions of Dr. Webb: "why did I have to wait until college to discover how I learned best?" and "shouldn't there be a way for people to learn about how they learn when they are struggling at a much younger age?" Those questions resulted in the birth of WICD. Today, we work to try and create a paradigm shift in the way people understand and teach dyslexics.
Currently, WICD is working to help people and their children who are court involved and may have learning and reading issues understand their legal right to be taught the way they learn from the age of three until they are twenty-two years old, so that they get either their high school diploma or a GED. WICD also helps deserving individuals access an appropriate education.
WICD's other current initiative is to bring together educators and administrators in a non-threatening atmosphere to discuss differing learning strategies while Dr.Webb and WICD staff member's can discuss Dr. Webb's methodology of "metacognition" (the understanding of how your brain works best) so they can better understand their role in enabling students to learn to the best of their abilities.