Atlanta Here We Come!

by Ann Kornblet, 2018 General Conference Chair

Atlanta here we come!! One of LDA’s favorite conference venues is ready to once again host the International Conference. All activities will be held at the Hilton Atlanta in beautiful downtown Atlanta.

Many thanks to LDA Program Co-Chairs, Jennifer Harkins and Loreena Parks, the Program Committee members and LDA Committees for putting together the very best Program yet! 150 sessions are offered over four days.  Hats off to LDA of Georgia President, Joan Teach, and the hard- working Georgia volunteers.  They have worked to bring you the southern hospitality Atlanta is known for and they will be working all through the conference to make sure all attendees have a great time in Atlanta.

Even before the conference officially begins much will be happening.  On Tuesday, February 20, there will be a Symposium on RTI and Accountability. Join LDA as some of the nation’s top experts discuss RTI and specific learning disabilities.  The confirmed speakers are: Douglas Fuchs, Ph.D., H. Lee Swanson, Ph.D., Dawn Flanagan, Ph.D., Samuel Ortiz, Ph.D., Brett Miller, Ph.D.

The conference opens with keynote speaker, LeDerick Horne, Somerset, NJ speaking on “A Path to Pride and Success.” Thursday ‘s opening session speaker, Jerome Schultz, Ph.D., Cambridge, MA will speak on “Conquering the Fear Factor: Helping Kids with LD & ADHD Turn Stress into the Fuel for Success.” Friday’s opening session ‘s two speakers are Myrna Mandlawitz, M.Ed., JD, Washington, DC will speak on “Who’s Watching Washington? Tales from LDA’s ‘Eyes & Ears’” and Joan Teach, Ph.D., Atlanta, GA will speak on “Capitalize the A in Advocate: Parents, Professionals, Service Providers Get on Board.”

There are 150 sessions over the four-day conference. Early childhood issues through adult issues and everything in between will be addressed by the top experts in the country.  Sessions geared to parent, adult and teacher interests are offered each day.  The latest in technology is offered along with LDA AT Solutions LAB featured in the Exhibit Hall.

Workshops are offered throughout the week –  The Education Workshop, “Removing Roadblocks and Creating Pathways: Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD in the Classroom”; Adult Topics Workshop, “Moving Out of the Shadows, Into the Light”;  Juvenile Justice Workshop, “Disrupting the Nexus of Disability, School Suspension, and Juvenile Court”; Featured Workshop, “How is Special Education Linked to the Opiate Epidemic?” ; Featured Workshop, “Comprehension – More than Words: Digging Deeper for Meaning and Understanding” ; Advocacy Workshop, “School Choice and Students with Learning Disabilities: Vouchers, Charters, Tax Credits, and Other Non-Traditional Programs.”

The LDA EXHIBIT HALL is a highlight that attendees enjoy and visit often. There are over 50 exhibitors who will share a variety of resources and products. The LDA Silent Auction, the LDA Bookstore and the Tech Lab are available for all to enjoy. Breakfast breaks, snack breaks and celebratory receptions all take place in the Exhibit Hall.  You will not want to miss any of the “goings on” in the Exhibit Hall.

Be sure and watch for the LDA Conference APP – a popular feature which helps you navigate throughout the week, keep up with new and old friends and track happenings throughout the conference.

Watch for the NETWORK NOOK – a location that will be available for attendees to visit with their favorite speakers, speak with national committee members and meet folks from their home state.

LDA is thrilled to have Carolyn Phillips, Program Director of Tools for Life and the National Pass It On center, AMAC Accessibility, Georgia Tech as speaker for the Thursday Adult Luncheon. Her topic is “Discovering your Personal Genius.”  The Friday LDA Awards Banquet is David Bowker of Purdue University.  WE are thrilled that he is returning to LDA! His topic is “Live Not Otherwise Specified.”

The national office, headed by Mary-Clare Reynolds, and the Conference Committee work all year to bring you the very best conference on learning disabilities in the country.   Not enough thank you around for them!!

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT WEEK OF LEARNING AND FUN. SEE YOU IN ATLANTA!

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