The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Michigan will be hosting their annual fall conference on November 14th and 15th at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The conference is hosting a series of speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: mathematics instruction, mediation preparation, Americans with disabilities, technology, reading fluency, behavior management, and autism instruction. Other highlights of the conference include teen Tuesday, parent scholarships, book signing by authors, and advocacy training.

This year’s Keynote Speakers are Mary-Dean Barringer (Monday Keynote) and Kevin Roberts (Tuesday Keynote):

Barringer is the CEO of All Kinds of Minds Institute where she has spent the majority of her life educating people about learning disabilities. Her book, Schools for All Kinds of Minds, provides an investigation into the science of learning and teaching and shows how educators can help students with learning disabilities and teachers raise achievement and manage frustration. Barringer was also one of the founding members of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She has received many awards and recognitions for her work as a teacher, including the 1985 Council for Exceptional Children’s National Teacher of the Year Award.

Roberts, an ADD individual and professional, has worked for seven years to coach individuals with ADD and their families. He is dedicated to raising self-esteem in these individuals by putting on workshops where he helps them to communicate more effectively. Roberts speaks several foreign languages, has studied abroad during his time at the University of Michigan, is an outdoor enthusiast, and is putting on a one-man theatrical show.

This conference is a great opportunity for educators, parents, caregivers, psychologists, and social workers to learn about innovative techniques for helping students with learning disabilities! The registration deadline is November 9th, so don’t miss out!