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NCLD at the Annual International Dyslexia Association Conference

conferenceOver 2,000 educators, parents, and other learning disability (LD) advocates are currently roaming the halls of the Baltimore Convention Center for the 63rd Annual International Dyslexia Association conference, "Reading, Literacy, and Learning." NCLD has an active presence at the conference, with several team members attending. We're spending the day introducing conference attendees to our organization at our booth in the exhibit hall, where we're offering some of our most popular guides in hard copy — A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI), The State of Learning Disabilities, and Best Practices for LD Identification — as well as an assortment of NCLD-themed goodies (e.g., pens, rulers, and more).

This morning, Director of Public Policy Laura Kaloi presented to a packed audience on key federal policy issues and will be participating tomorrow on a panel on how to become an LD advocate. Tomorrow, we'll be presenting this year's Bill Ellis Award to a well-deserving educator who has dedicated her career to improving education for all students, including those with learning disabilities.

The conference is, as always, an exciting time to not only share NCLD's work but to engage with others active in the LD world. NCLD team members are networking with advocates from around the nation and attending sessions on topics including:

  • The latest in neuroscience research on dyslexia and other LDs
  • Smartphone apps to support skills in reading, vocabulary, and writing
  • How to help students develop executive function skills
  • LD, AD/HD, and family dynamics
  • The impact of nutrition and exercise on students with LD
  • Helping students with LD combat stress
  • Disability documentation for college admissions testing, the transition to college, and beyond
  • Motivational strategies for students who struggle with reading
  • Screenings of the new films "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" and "Dislecksia: The Movie"

Keep following the LD Insights blog over the coming weeks for more on what we've learned at the conference and a profile of this year’s Bill Ellis Award winner.”