Register Today to Attend IDA’s Annual Conference for Professionals and Families

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September 2015

By Denise Douce

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Click here to join more than 2,000 teachers, administrators, speech-language pathologists, researchers, other education professionals, and families, too, who share a commitment to supporting individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. By registering to attend, you will gain full access to leading experts in the field from across the United States and around the world as well as to the most current and relevant research, information, instruction, and products.

A sample of this year’s conference highlights:

  • Select from more than 100 sessions and poster presentations, including six symposia featuring topics such as RTI, reading and the brain, assessment and intervention, writing instruction, English language learners, and twice exceptional children (gifted children with dyslexia). Click here for more information on the symposia, including the leaders in the field scheduled to speak.
  • Join us to honor Virginia W. Berninger, Ph.D., this year’s Samuel Torrey Orton Award recipient, who will deliver the Samuel Torrey and June Lyday Orton Memorial Lecture.
  • Attend a lecture by John Gabrieli, Ph.D., MIT Professor, about promising developments in neuroscience that may help people with dyslexia.
  • Honor this year’s recipient of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award, Karen E. Dakin, M.Ed., for her compassion, leadership, commitment to excellence, and fervent advocacy for people with dyslexia.
  • Visit a school in the Dallas area: Choose EITHER 1) Southern Methodist University OR 2) Shelton School and Wylie Independent School District. Sign up soon (see registration form)—spots are limited and tickets go quickly.
  • Stop by the Exhibit Hall where you’ll find representatives from a variety of schools, corporations, tutor-training centers, publishers, and others offering products and services. The Exhibit Hall is a great way to meet with professionals and learn about amazing products including the latest remediation tools, assistive technology, play therapy, and more. Click here if you are interested in becoming an IDA Conference Exhibitor.
  • Earn CEUs from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). For more information, see “Can I get CEUs?” on the Conference FAQs page.
  • Enjoy music and traditional Texas BBQ on Thursday night at the Toast of Texas, a special social event hosted by the Dallas Branch of IDA at Cross Timbers Wintery, an historic home and barn in Grapevine, Texas.
  • Visit the IDA bookstore to receive special conference pricing and attend author-signing events.

Ideal for Parents

  • Join discussions at the Parent Roundtables with other parents and representatives of Decoding Dyslexia, the Dallas Branch, and the IDA home office on Friday afternoon. Network with experts, socialize with other parents, and see useful products and materials.
  • Watch a movie! Join us Friday night for a new movie directed by Harvey Hubbell V, One by One: The Teachings of Diana King, followed by a panel discussion with Diana King, Louisa Moats, Charley Haynes, and the director. Click here to see the trailer! To learn more about the movie, sign up here.
  • Attend sessions on Friday and Saturday on topics of particular interest to families, for example, the importance of handwriting instruction, preparing for college, and assistive technology.
  • Find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions on Saturday night when Dr. Louisa Moats gives her keynote address “Let’s Engage the Dyslexia Debates: What’s Fact and What’s Not?
  • Visit the Youth Art Gallery to see the work of talented artists who have donated their time and creativity. For more information and to learn more about submitting artwork to include in the gallery click here. (Note: Deadline is September 21, 2015.)

Hotel rooms are filling up fast. Click here to reserve your room today.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Grapevine!

Read on if you are interested in sponsoring the conference or promoting your products.

Sponsorships: If you are interested in participating in the conference as a sponsor, click here for more information. All sponsorships include recognition on signage throughout the conference as well as each sponsor’s logo and link on the IDA website, in the conference program, in the conference guide(s), promotion throughout print and social media marketing wherever possible, and acknowledgement in IDA’s Annual Report.

Marketing Opportunities: The conference also offers a variety of marketing opportunities that allow your company to promote materials, a product, or the like for a minimal cost. The opportunities include tote-bag stuffers, pre-conference emails, post-conference emails, and the famous exhibit hall Passport to Literacy.

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Denise Douce, Director of Publications and Communications, International Dyslexia Association

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