For decades, educators, researchers, parents and others have looked to IDA to provide the latest research and most comprehension information on dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. Once a year, everyone can find it all in one place when IDA invites leading experts on these topics from across the United States and around the world to speak at its annual conference.
This year’s 65th Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning International will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas—just outside of Dallas.
More than 2,000 teachers, administrators, speech-language pathologists, researchers, parents, and other professionals from across the U.S. and around the world are expected to attend this premier conference with countless opportunities for professional development and networking with associates and partners from around the globe.
This Premier Conference Has Something for Everyone
The four-day conference includes four general sessions with keynote speakers, full- and half-day symposia, more than 100 sessions, poster presentations, and more on dyslexia, dysgraphia, response to intervention, literacy, critical reading, vocabulary, spelling, language disorders, and much more!
The 4rd Annual Conference for Families, held during the last two days of the conference, offers sessions, roundtables, and social functions geared to parents and families. It is a great opportunity to attend informative sessions, network with experts, socialize with other parents, and access the best products and materials for those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Don’t Miss These Highlights
Highlights of this year’s program include the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture by Dr. John Gabrieli from MIT and the Samuel Torrey and June Lyday Orton Memorial Lecture by Dr. Virginia Berninger from University of Washington. Karen Dakin will receive the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award, and our Presidential Award will be given to Geraldine Tincy Miller, a leader in advancing dyslexia education in Texas.
Have you ever asked, “Are all people with dyslexia gifted with unusual brains?” or “Is dyslexia a unique reading disability?” Louisa Moats will address these questions and more at Saturday’s keynote, “Let’s Engage the Dyslexia Debates: What’s Fact and What’s Not?” Discussing these issues will help attendees avoid some of the problems that can interfere with progress in identifying and treating reading difficulties.
While in Texas, attendees can also enjoy some of the best the area has to offer. In addition to the branch social, “Toast of Texas,” attendees can sign up for one of the two school visits planned during the conference: Southern Methodist University and the Shelton School and Wylie Independent School District.
Stay tuned for the next issue of the Examiner, which will have more conference-related news, including details of other special events as well as key topics to be discussed in the full- and half-day symposia. Click here to reserve your room. Registration opens later this summer.