2018 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

Oct 24, 2018 ‐ Oct 27, 2018


IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,500 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents.

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Sessions

Are Disability Services Turning Students Off? Time to Find Out

Oct 26, 2018 4:30pm ‐ Oct 26, 2018 5:30pm

Identification: F36

Disability services are evolving. Some offices have reinvented themselves with new names, more central locations, and greater web visibility. Yet data suggest that students are still unwilling to tap into DS services. This session highlights some fundamental inadequacies of DS models and challenges participants to rethink DS services of the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADULT: Discover the issues related to post-secondary language instruction for students with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities
  • ADULT: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to adults with dyslexia.

Disclosure: Manju Banerjee and Loring Brinckerhoff have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Speaker(s):
  • Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Vice President of Educational Research and Innovation, Landmark College, Banerjee, M. (July, 2018). Invited Guest Speaker. College Board. Diminishing Value of Disability Documentation: A National Survey of DS Websites. Banerjee, M. (February, 2017). Session Presenter. Learning Disability Association of America Annual Conferen
  • Loring Brinckerhoff, Ph.D., Director, Office of Disability Policy, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Standard: $20.00

Dyslexia Among Adults in Prison—Ameer Baraka's Personal Experiences on How He Beat Dyslexia

Oct 26, 2018 4:30pm ‐ Oct 26, 2018 5:30pm

Identification: F38

It is estimated that 40–80% of incarcerated men and women are functionally illiterate. This illiteracy certainly did not help provide these men and women with better life options when they were children. Ameer Baraka is an adult who was severely dyslexic and knew at a young age that he would not be completing school, going to college, or possibly even being employed. This talk explains how he beat dyslexia and some of the neuropsychological challenges he faced both as a child and later as an adult who was aiming for life success.

Learning Objective:

  • SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Examine social/emotional issues and implications for practice for individuals with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.

Disclosure: Ameer Baraka is the author of a book that may be discussed during this presentation. Tim Conway has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Speaker(s):
  • Ameer Baraka, Author
  • Tim Conway, Ph.D., Director, The Morris Center; CEO, Neuro-development of Words, President, The Einstein School, The Morris Center
Standard: $20.00

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A Path to Pride and Success

Oct 27, 2018 9:00am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 10:30am

Identification: SGS

LeDerick Horne is a poet, advocate, and co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success” – Released by Brookes Publishing Co. Within this presentation, LeDerick Horne will share his own experience as a student with a learning disability who was able to graduate from college with a BA in mathematics. LeDerick is now one of the nation’s most sought after speakers dedicated to improving the outcomes of youth with disabilities. LeDerick will give advice to help all students develop positive identities as people with disabilities. Strategies for helping students reach their transition goals will as be shared as well as advice on helping students develop positive relationships in school and the adult world.

Learning Objectives:

  • ADD/ADHD: Identify characteristics of students with ADHD and/or potential interventions as it pertains to those with language learning disabilities.
  • ADD/ADHD: Management of the ADHD student and the LD student in the classroom.

Disclosure: LeDerick Horne may receive speaking fees for his presentation. LeDerick Horne has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Jared Blank has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $20.00

Bringing the Joy and Confidence Back to the Struggling Reader

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 11:45am

Identification: S1

Love to read? Not many kids with dyslexia do. Reading is hard, and struggling to decode the words can deliver a big hit to a child’s self-esteem. But, when children give up on reading, they are missing out on a world of possibility, imagination, and faraway journeys. Active listening can make a huge difference for a struggling reader. Participants learn how to instill a love of reading, foster empowerment, improve active-listening skills, and help children embrace what makes them different—all from a family who has overcome these struggles.

Learning Objective:

  • SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Examine social/emotional issues and implications for practice for individuals with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.

Disclosure: Carol Blumenstein, Jacob Blumenstein, Alana Blumenstein, Reuben Blumenstein, and Benjamin Blumenstein have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Speaker(s):
  • Carol Blumenstein, M.B.A., Business Consultant and Career Coach
  • Jacob Blumenstein, Co-Founder, Ambassador, KidsRead2Kids.com, National Center on Improving Literacy KidZone
  • Alana Blumenstein, Co-Founder, Ambassador, KidsRead2Kids.com, National Center on Improving Literacy KidZone
  • Reuben Blumenstein, Co-Founder, Ambassador, KidsRead2Kids.com, National Center on Improving Literacy KidZone
  • Benjamin Blumenstein, Co-Founder, Ambassador, KidsRead2Kids.com, National Center on Improving Literacy KidZone
Standard: $20.00

Transforming the Lives and Families of Students With Dyslexia and Comorbid Conditions

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 11:45am

Identification: S2

As many as 50% of students with dyslexia have coexisting oral language or speech disorders, making reading more problematic. The use of a phonetic, multisensory intervention program that addresses these problems with a strong oral language component and auditory training, strong orthographic support, and specific techniques for remediation of memory deficits is effective for students who have these additional difficulties. This methodology is described and outcomes are presented for students with dyslexia who present with comorbid challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • MULTISENSORY STRUCTURED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Recognize the nature of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities and the role of multisensory structured language instruction (MSL).
  • RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
  • SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Examine social/emotional issues and implications for practice for individuals with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Discover the relationship between language development and acquisition of reading, written language and math proficiency.

Disclosure: Missy Schraeder and Alison Webster are employed by DuBard School for Language Disorders; course development and presentations are included in job responsibilities. Missy Schraeder is also a co-author of DuBard Association Method therapy materials and receives royalty payments. No nonfinancial relationship exists.

Speaker(s):
  • Missy Schraeder, M.S., CCC-SLP, Professional Development Coordinator, DuBard School for Language Disorders, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Alison Webster, M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT, Professional Development Coordinator, The DuBard School for Language Disorders
Standard: $20.00

Transitioning to Higher Education: Challenges for Students With Disabilities

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 11:45am

Identification: S3

Change is difficult for many people, but for students with disabilities, the transition from high school to higher education can be overwhelming. Students with disabilities may face challenges in seeking accommodations in college and on high-stakes tests. Laws governing K–12 and higher education differ; students should understand the impact that these differences have on their rights/responsibilities. During this presentation, ETS representatives provide insight into the differences in the laws, strategies for successful transition, and documentation requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION: Understand the laws and interpretations under various legislative motions and learn ways to implement advocacy efforts locally or at the state level.

Disclosure: Morgan Blisard and Loring Brinckerhoff have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $20.00

Multisensory Math: The Perfect Storm—When Reading and Math Meet

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 11:45am

Identification: S4

There is math. Then there is the word problem “problem.” Applying mathematics to real-life situations or problem solving is a challenge for students with language-based and related learning challenges due to their issues with decoding, prosody, memory, sequencing, and comprehension. This presentation offers evidence-based strategies to help students see the meaning behind the math. Educators learn to create incremental models to help students with disabilities reason mathematically and develop meta-cognitive strategies for problem solving.

Learning Objectives:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADD/ADHD: Identify characteristics of students with ADHD and/or potential interventions as it pertains to those with language learning disabilities.
  • MULTISENSORY STRUCTURED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Recognize the nature of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities and the role of multisensory structured language instruction (MSL).
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Discover the relationship between language development and acquisition of reading, written language and math proficiency.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine critical issues regarding the involvement of teachers in the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI).

Disclosure: Marilyn Zecher has no financial relationship to disclose. Marilyn Zecher offers workshops through The Atlantic Seaboard and receives reimbursement for materials used in these workshops.

Speaker(s):
  • Marilyn Zecher, M.A.,CALT, Instructor, The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center
Standard: $20.00

Mobile Apps That Support the Science of Reading and Writing

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 12:15pm

Identification: S6

Mobile apps, on both iPad and Android platforms, are effective tools to support structured literacy. This session highlights the use of assistive and instructional technologies for students who struggle with reading and writing skills. This session discusses several free or low-cost computer and mobile apps, programs, and devices that can enhance a person’s ability to succeed in the classroom, on the job, or in community situations. This session highlights some of the best apps currently available.

Learning Objectives:

  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine effective practices for teaching specific language comprehension strategies for the students who are struggling with reading.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine ways to integrate and review phonics, spelling and vocabulary through daily activities in the classroom.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Identify effective practices and speech/language strategies for reading, written language, math and content area instruction.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Evaluate the different multimedia learning tools and show practical applications of these tools in professional development and teacher training.

Disclosure: Elaine Cheesman and David Winters have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Speaker(s):
  • Elaine Cheesman, Ph.D., CALT, QI, Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • David C. Winters, Ph.D., Certified Dyslexia Specialist, Fellow/AOGPE, Eastern Michigan University
Standard: $20.00

College Accommodations: Why They Change and What Is Commonly Available (or Not)

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 12:15pm

Identification: S7

When students transition to college, prevailing laws change, which affects the availability of services and of certain accommodations. Parents and professionals must know what supports students can and cannot expect so they can prepare the students for the shift. Learn what accommodations students are likely to receive, or not, and why.

Learning Objectives:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION: Understand the laws and interpretations under various legislative motions and learn ways to implement advocacy efforts locally or at the state level.
  • ADVOCACY & LEGISLATION: Identify avenues for advocating for children with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Recognize the challenges facing students with learning or attentional challenges with respect to transitioning to college.

Disclosure: Elizabeth C. Hamblet is the author of a book that may be discussed during this presentation. No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $20.00

The Power of Self Advocacy: Helping Students Find Their Voice with YES! Ambassadors

Oct 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Oct 27, 2018 12:45pm

Identification: S9

YES! Ambassadors (Youth Examples of Self-Advocacy) will work with younger students with dyslexia (grades 3-9) to help the students their strengths and challenges, build confidence, and provide them with the tools to become strong self-advocates in and out of school.

In this student-focused workshop the YES! Ambassadors will share their personal stories and provide helpful solutions to the challenges students face every day in their classrooms. 

Topics covered will include:

  • What is Self-Advocacy?
  • Dyslexia Fact vs. Fiction
  • How to Build a Support Team
  • Accommodations and Assistive Technology 101

Disclosure: The YES! Ambassadors may discuss Learning Ally audiobooks. No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $20.00