“Journey from Instinct to Intellect,” Executive Director of Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles to Speak in Baltimore at Luncheon for Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Mary-Clare Reynolds, LDA Executive Director mcreynolds@ldaamerica.org, 412.341.1515, ext. 206

“Journey from Instinct to Intellect,” Executive Director of Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles to Speak in Baltimore at Luncheon for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Conference in Baltimore, Feb. 16-19

Pittsburgh, PA (February 9, 2017) – Janeen Steel, J.D., an attorney with learning disabilities, will share her personal story, “Journey from Instinct to Intellect,” at a luncheon for adults with learning disabilities on Friday, February 17, at the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s (LDA) 54th Annual International Conference at the Baltimore (MD) Marriott Waterfront.

Ms. Steel is the Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles. The Center assists students and their families to advocate for their rights to an appropriate and just education.

During her education in Los Angeles County public schools, she struggled with learning and managed through hard work to finally obtain a high school diploma. Using her “instinct” and later “intellect,” Ms. Steel returned to school and earned undergraduate degrees from Long Beach City College and San Francisco State University. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Steel’s experience as a student diagnosed with a writing and reading disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder helped her understand the needs of students with disabilities and their families. Over the past 16 years, she has individually represented or supervised over one thousand students in special and disability rights education cases.

During the LDA conference which takes place Feb. 16-19, Ms. Steel will lead several sessions. She will present a case update “What the Courts Are Saying for Students in the K-12 System with Learning Disabilities: What We Learned and What We Need to Do” on Thursday, Feb. 16. She will lead a workshop, “Legal Advocacy under Section 504/ADA in K-12 for Public School Students with Learning Disabilities” on Friday, Feb. 17, and a session “IDEA and Students in Private, Religious and Charter Schools or Home-Schooled” on Sunday, Feb. 19.

The leading experts in their fields will present other conference sessions throughout the week. Topics include adults with LD, transition, advocacy/public policy, assessment/evaluation, cultural diversity, early childhood, instruction, legal justice, mental health, parents/families, post-secondary, professional preparation, related disorders, technology, and urban education. An exhibit hall will include vendors from software companies to private schools to summer camps and much more.

Conference and registration information are available at https://ldaamerica.org/events/annual-conference. Questions? Contact LDA at info@ldaamerica.org or (412) 341-1515.

About the Learning Disabilities Association of America:

The Learning Disabilities Association (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. For further information go to www.ldaamerica.org.

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