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International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference - October 24-27 - Mashantucket

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:59 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 6:01 PM ]

IDA's 2018 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges. It is intended for educators, researchers, therapists, policy-makers, parents, and advocates to ban together and to access the most relevant and innovative content in the field of literacy, expand their existing networks, and gain fresh tools they need to transform the lives of those with dyslexia.  

Location:  Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Dates:  October 24-27, 2018.

More information is here.

SmartKids with Learning Disabilities - Social Skills are the Key to Success: Teaching Kids with LD and ADHD - Ridgefield - April 21

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:48 AM by Diane Willcutts

Presenter:  Dr. Marcia Eckerd

Kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD often struggle to navigate the unspoken rules of social interactions. Relationships have more to do with success and satisfaction than grades in school. For children who have trouble making friends, social skills must be taught explicitly. This program will cover the building blocks of social skills: body language, tone, word choice, emotional self-control, seeing the big picture, predicting outcomes, adaptability, and social recovery.
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT
Sponsored by: Smart Kids with LD – Northern Fairfield Chapter
To register

William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy - Williamsburg, Virginia - July 29-August 3

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:31 AM by Diane Willcutts

The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting its eighth annual five-day training program hosted by William & Mary Law School and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Wrightslaw. The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy to new attorneys, attorneys who are new to special education law, experienced advocates, and law students.

Nationally recognized speakers donate their time to train attorneys and advocates from all over the country in advanced advocacy. 

This five-day training program will begin in Williamsburg, VA on Sunday evening, July 29, 2018 with the registration session and welcome reception and conclude on Friday afternoon, August 3, 2018. The program will include approximately 22 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.

Attendance is limited to 65. Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly rolling basis until the class is full. Early applications are recommended.

The program will be held at:
William & Mary Law School 613 South Henry Street Williamsburg, VA 23185-4110

More information is here.

Autism Education Conference - Waterford - May 4

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:18 AM by Diane Willcutts

On May 4th, The Light House is holding the 12th Annual Autism Education Conference. This years AEC brings back Dr. Stephen Shore for another all-day interactive workshop, this time as a double feature. The agenda will include interactive presentations and discussions around effective strategies for home, school and community settings. 
Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View on Sensory Issues
Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions to a Vexing Problem
For more information, please visit:
Scholarships to offset the cost of the conference are being offered for student teachers, family members of children, identified with ASD and individuals identified with ASD up to age 21. If you would like to apply, please contact The Light House through email:
Scholarships provided by Dominion Energy.

SEEK - Advocacy Essentials in Special Education - Diane is a presenter! - Woodbridge - June 16

posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:06 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 8:13 AM ]

  • Protecting Your Kids' Rights!  Advocacy Essentials in Special Education

    Full-day conference offered by SEEK (Special Education Equity for Kids of CT) and hosted by the Feinstein Law Group.
    Saturday, June 16 at 8 AM - 5 PM
    JCC of Greater New Haven
    360 Amity Road
    Woodbridge, CT
  • Now more then ever parents and students need to understand their rights under special education law and the barriers they may face. Join leading Connecticut professionals (lawyers, advocates and evaluators) for a full-day conference on trending special education issues and must know-advocacy skills. 
  • Connecticut conference attendees will receive 1-year PARENT MEMBERSHIP to SEEK of CT, a leading statewide organization of parents and professionals that is dedicated to improving educational outcomes of children with disabilities.
Tickets are available here.

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