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National Learning Disabilities Conference in Anaheim Addresses Current Issues Related to Education and Employment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary-Clare Reynolds   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:17

January 14, 2014—Pittsburgh, PA— Assistive technology, cultural diversity and universal design will be featured topics at the 51st annual international conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, February 19-22, 2014.

Educators, administrators, support professionals, parents, and adults with learning disabilities will gather to take a comprehensive look at issues and best practices in professional preparation and evaluation; advances in reading and math research; assessment for learning disabilities; and transition from school to work.

Throughout the four days, 200 breakout sessions and topical workshops will be provided by leading experts in special and general education, mental health, education research, best classroom techniques, adult issues, assistive technology, assessment, public policy, advocacy, substance abuse, and juvenile justice.

Keynote sessions are “Cultural Diversity and Students with LD: Addressing Difference and Disability in Cultural and Linguistic Contexts” by Catherine Collier, Ph.D., Director/CEO – Cross-Cultural Developmental Education Services, Ferndale, WA on Wednesday, Feb. 19; “What’s LD and How Can I Get One? Reframing Technology for Persons with Learning Disabilities” by Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., Educational Research and Consulting, Bainbridge Island, WA, on Thursday, Feb. 20; and “Universal Design: How do Students with Learning Disabilities Benefit?” by Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., Director, UW Accessible Technology, University of Washington, on Friday, Feb. 21.

An Assistive Technology (AT) Solutions Lab will be conducted for conference attendees by AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in the Exhibit Hall Wednesday through Friday, Feb.

19-21. Sessions will include AT Writing Solutions and Reading Solutions, Accessibility Tips and Tricks, Understanding Apps and Tablets Accessibility, sharing information about apps for a variety of uses, and demonstrations by AT vendors.

A special session on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, “Toxic Chemicals, Nutrition and Child Development” will be presented by Irva Hertz-Picciotto, M.P.H., Ph.D., Environmental Epidemiologist, Professor, UC Davis MIND Institute and Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA. CNN Hero John Zickefoose (Mr. Z) will speak at the Adult Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 20.

LDA is a non-profit organization of parents, professionals and adults with learning disabilities providing support, information, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities.
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