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Dyslexia Today 2016: Learning and Living with Dyslexia

Dyslexia Today 2016: Learning and Living with Dyslexia

Article Published: March 1, 2016

The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA) is pleased to announce that Nelson Lauver, creator and host of “The American Storyteller Radio Journal,” will present the keynote address, “Don’t Give Up On That Kid,” at its 4th conference for parents, teachers, educators and individuals with dyslexia in the Pittsburgh region on April 9, 2016. 

In his speech, Lauver will share his own poignant experience of slipping through the cracks of an education system that was ill-prepared to deal with a student who didn’t learn like the rest. He will also reveal the story of the educator who ultimately reached out and changed the course of his life. Lauver’s inspirational stories have been shared through his nationally syndicated radio show, “The American Storyteller Radio Journal,” which ran daily on more than 150 radio stations from 2001 to 2010.  In 2013, Lauver and his wife, Jane, created the Nelson Lauver Foundation, which focuses on projects related to literacy, ESL, learning disabilities and invisible disabilities. Lauver will also lead a session on self-advocacy that adults, teens and parents are encouraged to attend. “Lauver’s personal experience is filled with thought-provoking and inspiring messages that highlight the importance of correct teaching to enable people with dyslexia to reach their full potential,” said Christine Craig Seppi, member of the Board of Directors, PBIDA. 

PBIDA’s conference – “Dyslexia Today 2016: Learning and Living with Dyslexia” – is designed to provide practical value to teachers, tutors, educational and school psychologists, social workers, parents, and people with dyslexia. The day-long event will include Lauver’s keynote, an exhibition hall, lunch and session discussions of crucial topics impacting dyslexic students from grade school through college. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh – Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146.

New this year, the conference includes a panel discussion that brings together adults with dyslexia to share their personal stories. The panelists will inspire as they share how they became successful despite their struggles.  Breakout sessions for parents, educators and psychologists focused on education will address diagnosis, specially designed instruction (SDI), accommodation in classrooms, advanced decoding, multisensory math and special education law.   

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that affects 1 in 5 Americans, however, many remain undiagnosed, untreated and continue to struggle. This conference is open to anyone with an interest in dyslexia. Advanced registration is highly recommended. For registration and more information visit www.pbida.org  Contact PBIDA or Nelson Lauver for interviews.

Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association: PBIDA, serving Pennsylvania and Delaware, provides support and information for individuals, families and educational professionals concerned with the issues of dyslexia and learning differences.

http://www.pbida.org/

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