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The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) will hold its 46th annual International Conference February 25-28, 2009 in Salt Lake City. Find information at www.LDAamerica.org
Called a “5 Star Event,” the conference is meant for educators, administrators, teaching professionals, practitioners, parents, volunteers, as well as people with learning disabilites.
Rick Lavoie, MA, MEd will address the Wednesday opening keynote session on “Special Education in 2009: A Look Back, A Look Around, A Look Ahead.”
General Session speaker on Thursday will be Donald D Deshler, PhD, Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. He will address “Learning, Unlearning, and Not Learning.”
Atlanta Falcons football player and LDA spokesperson David Irons, Jr will deliver the keynote address during Thursday’s Adult Luncheon. David’s story is not unlike many who have faced the challenges posed by learning disabilities. He is a shining star in his own right in the example he sets in the NFL spotlight and in his personal life off the field, says LDA Executive Director Sheila Buckley.
On Friday, the General Session speaker will be Cal Crow, PhD, Program Director of the Center for Learning Connections at Highline Community College in Des Moine, WA. His topic: “Identity, Self-Efficacy and Resiliency: Touching the Heart.”
Also on Friday, at the LDA Awards Banquet, hear Smantha Abeel, from Muncie Indiana, a young woman with a learning disability whose life journey inspires audiences and gives hope to others. She is the author of two books, and speaks frequently and candidly about the difficulties of growing up with a learning disability from elementary school through graduate school, as well as how it impacts her life in the present.
There will be exhibits, products both electronic and otherwise, books and DVDs available. Expect Table Talks for teachers, research Poster Sessions, and opportunities for parents to interact with professionals.
Professional Continuing Education credits are available, as well as graduate credits.
Special stipends are offered to two-person faculty teams from five Colleges or Universities, one who teaches general education courses and one who trains teachers to work with children who have learning disabilities. Chosen teams can receive up to $1,000 per team to reimburse airfare, lodging, meal and parking expenses (attendance at the entire four-day conference is required).
Joining LDA when you register will give you a discounted rate. If you register on or before Jan 14th, you’ll receive an early bird discount.
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