February 19-22, 2014, Anaheim, CA
LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. LDA believes everyone can succeed at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community—given the right opportunities and supports as needed. Please bring your family, friends and co-workers to the 2014 LDA Conference in Anaheim, CA, for a time of learning and discovering how we can advocate and work together to create new opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. We are excited to be right on Disney® property this year!
Featuring: 200 Sessions • Exhibit Hall • Research Posters • Table Talk • Special Events!
Catherine Collier, Ph.D.
Director/CEO – Cross-Cultural Developmental Education Services
“Cultural Diversity and Students with LD: Addressing Difference and Disability in Cultural & Linguistic Contexts”
Dr. Catherine Collier has over 45 years experience in equity, cross-cultural, bilingual, and special education beginning with Civil Rights voter registration in 1964. She is active in social justice activities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners and families and started the first bilingual special education programs for the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache. She works extensively with school districts on professional and program development for at-risk diverse learners and Dr. Collier provides technical assistance to university, local, and state departments of education regarding programs serving at-risk cognitively, culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She is the director of the national professional development project Curriculum Integration for Responsive, Cross-cultural, Language-based Education (CIRCLE) at Western Washington University. She is the principal developer of the screening and software program “Acculturation Quick Screen” and many instruction, assessment and intervention materials for diverse learners.
Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.
Educational Research and Consulting – Bainbridge Island, WA
“What’s an LD and How Can I Get One? Reframing Technology for Persons with Learning Disabilities”
Dr. Raskind is an LD researcher on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is former Director of Research and Special Projects at the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation in San Francisco. Immediately prior to his position at the Foundation, he served as Director of Research at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California. He is former head of the California State University, Northridge Learning Disability Program and Computer Access Lab. He has served as consulting editor to the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disability Quarterly, Annals of Dyslexia, Journal of Special Education Technology, and Intervention in School and Clinic. Dr. Raskind is a Fellow and past Vice President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, as well as a former member of the Research Committee of the Council for Learning Disabilities, and the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
His research interests are in the areas of LD across the lifespan, factors predictive of “life success,” assistive technology, and most recently, the impact of online social networking on children with LD. Dr. Raskind is a frequent presenter at international LD conferences and is the author of numerous professional publications on LD. Dr. Raskind has a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate School.
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Director, UW Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT – Affiliate Professor, Education – University of Washington
“Universal Design: How do Students with Learning Disabilities Benefit?”
Within the education community there are growing levels of discussion about the application of universal design to curriculum and instruction for the purpose of making education products and environments more welcoming and accessible to all students. Leaders in this area encourage instructors to use multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement in their classes. But, how, specifically, do students with learning disabilities benefit from the universal design approach?
This keynote presentation will share the history, philosophy, definition, and principles of universal design and give examples of universal design strategies that benefit students with learning disabilities at K-12 and postsecondary levels.
Plus, John Zickefoose (Mr. Z)
CNN Hero will speak at the Adult Luncheon
“Yes You Can”
Mr. Z is a natural storyteller and delights in bringing books to young readers. But that was not always the case. There was a time when reading the simple words of a picture book would have proved impossible for Mr. Z. He spent years in school overwhelmed with sadness that nothing came as easily to him as it did for others. He would become rowdy, preferring to be kicked out of class than to be called on by the teacher. He was functionally illiterate, unable to read a prescription label, his children’s report cards or a menu. He was diagnosed as a young boy with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity. For more than 30 years, Mr. Z was illiterate, barely capable of writing or reading his own name. He managed to graduate from high school, but he admits that he could only read a few words on his diploma. His second grade son began asking him for homework help that he could not provide. At his wife’s suggestion, Mr. Z contacted the Corona Public Library and began literacy classes. Empowered by his new reading skills, Mr. Z has become an advocate for the struggling youth and adults in our society, drawing upon his own experiences in learning how to read and succeed in life. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN and PBS. He has also given numerous radio interviews.
LDA Awards Banquet Speaker
John Rodrigues, M.A.
United States Department of Education, Claremont CA
“High School Dropout to Harvard: My Life With Dyslexia:
(Learn How I Used My Dyslexic Strengths to Get Admitted to Harvard University)”
Through humor and sharp observation, John Rodrigues will share a story that is half biography and half musing on the nature of success. He suggests a think-different-succeed-different approach to students with LD. He insists on doing what people tell him is impossible. Mr. Rodrigues graduated from UC Berkley and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He loves to support and empower others to use their dyslexic strengths to live a happy and successful life. His book “High School Dropout to Harvard: My Life with Dyslexia” has received numerous positive reviews. He is a compassionate and skilled speaker, and he enjoys sharing his message with K – 12 schools and colleges across the country.
Hear What Everyone is Saying About the LDA Conference!
“I have to say theory really meets practice at the LDA conference. This is a tremendous resource for teachers at every level…best in-service ever, and all in one week. I found:
- Solutions for struggling readers
- How to cope with the impact of ever-changing regulations
- Lots of ideas to take right back to my classroom
I also found other teachers working through similar issues.”
“As a parent of children with learning disabilities, I was amazed at the many sessions offered at the LDA conference that really made a difference in how I support my kids. Even though I have done lots of reading about LD the conference was great because:
- Information was so much better than all the websites – in depth
- I could ask questions about my children
- I met other parents
I also learned there is help and resources are available in my community. Speakers were happy to talk to us–it was helpful to see lots of ideas and support in the exhibit hall and bookstore. The post secondary option fair gave us many ideas for transitioning our kids.”
Who Should Attend this Conference?
- Adults with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Parents of children with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Teachers of special education and general education
- Principals and Administrators
- Counselors, Social Workers
- Researchers, Medical and Mental Health Professionals
- Education Policy Advocates
- College Student Support Personnel
All LDA Conference events will take place at the Disneyland® Hotel. Make your hotel room reservation now! The special rate for the conference is $194.00 plus appropriate taxes. A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate. To secure a room please contact the Disneyland® Resort by booking online 24/7 or by call (714) 520-5005, M-F from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific time). Be sure to mention LDA when making reservations by phone. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, January 21, 2014 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. Prevailing rates may apply after this date or when the group rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. Rooms are subject to availability. Join us in Anaheim for the LDA 2014 Conference.
Discounted Park Tickets
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SuperShuttle (shared van service)
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Exhibitors, Advertisers & Sponsors
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