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Saturday, October 5, 2013

 8:00 A.M. -9:00 A.M.        Registration, Continental Breakfast and Resource Fair
 9:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.  Welcome  and Keynote Address Dyslexia: What is it, Really?   G. Emerson Dickman. J.D.
 10:15 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.  Resource Fair
 10:15 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.  Dyslexia Simulation-  Abbreviated Version*
 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.  Breakout Sessions: (choose 1)    

 #1:  Screening of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” and panel discussion


 #2:  What is It Like to be Dyslexic? Try Experience Dyslexia ®, A Simulation Activity  


 #3: Advocating for Your Child


 #4: Tech Tools and Tips: Using Assistive Technology


 #5: Transition to College: A Plan for Success


 #6: Strategies for Reading at Home with Your Child


 #7: Dyslexia in the Classroom


 12:30 P.M.   Conference Adjourns



Option #1

Screening of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” and panel discussion with educators, parents & students

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.

Panel Discussion: Professionals who work with dyslexic students, parents of dyslexic children and students who are dyslexic will share their experiences on how dyslexia has impacted their lives both in the classroom and out. Panel participants will answer questions posed by conference attendees.


Option #2

What is It Like to be Dyslexic? Try Experience Dyslexia ®, A Simulation Activity
Presenter: Mark Brugger; Learning Ally: Senior Product Manager

The simulation is a hands-on experience that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability. The updated simulation, formerly known as “Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Person with Dyslexia,” provides a lively, thought-provoking activity for teachers, parents, or anyone interested in better understanding the lives of individuals with dyslexia. This provides an excellent forum for further discussion among parents, educators, community leaders and donors.

Following the simulation, an overview of dyslexia will be presented with a time for questions and answers.


Option #3

 Advocating for Your Child

Presenter: Deborah Lynam; Decoding Dyslexia-NJ: founding member and Learning Ally: Director, Parent Community Engagement

Parents of children with dyslexia must learn to identify both their rights and their responsibilities in order to be a strong advocates. In this workshop, participants will gain knowledge of both federal and state legislation; as well as, the skills needed to communicate and collaborate effectively in the education process. An overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and NJ State Administrative Code will be covered with a specific emphasis on Specific Learning Disability.


Option #4

Tech Tools and Tips: Using Assistive Technology
Presenter: Brian Meersma; senior high school student at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Brian has been using assistive technology to overcome his dyslexia since the third grade. At the workshop, parents and children will learn how qualified students can get free technology that will read novels and textbooks aloud while highlighting the words; how to turn an iPhone into a scanner; how to do a Google search based on reading level; how to use spell checks designed especially for poor spellers; and more.


Option #5

Transition to College: A Plan for Success
Presenter: Elizabeth Hamblet, Columbia University Learning Specialist

The transition to college can be challenging for students with disabilities, but with the proper preparation, they can enjoy success! Author and college learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet explains how the system for accommodations works at college, describes students’ rights and responsibilities within that system, and shares what the research says are the skills students should develop while they’re in high school to ensure success when they reach college. She also reviews the documentation students need to apply for accommodations and discusses what accommodations may be available.


Option #6

Strategies for Reading at Home with Your Child
Presenter: Judy Shapiro, Director of Children’s Dyslexia Center, Scotch Plains; adjunct professor and coordinator, Center for Dyslexia Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University

This session will provide parents with ideas to make reading enjoyable and productive at home. Fluency and decoding strategies will be discussed as well as considerations when selecting literature to read with and to your child.


Option #7

Dyslexia in the Classroom
Presenter: Dee Rosenberg; 2012 President, NJ-IDA; Director, Newgrange and Laurel Schools

Dyslexic brains are uniquely organized and function differently. Dee will provide practical applications in the classroom for fostering success in students with diverse brains. She will discuss what kinds of teaching methods work best and provide in-depth information on how effective reading instruction in the classroom for dyslexic students is achieved.