LDA of IL 2018 Conference
The Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois will be holding its 2018 Conference at the University Center on Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
Overcoming Learning Disabilities: My Story
In school, Eileen was called “lazy” and “dumb.” She always struggled with reading and math. She hoped as a homemaker to avoid exposure of her learning problems. When her growing family needed more income, Eileen went to work at a McDonalds, but was worried about promotion to work on the register because she couldn’t count change. Her husband, Larry, helped her by getting several bills and coins from his job as a bank teller and practicing over and over with Eileen. Eventually, Eileen conquered making change. Come listen to her tell about what else she conquered in her life and how.
Diagnosed at age 39 with processing problems and dyslexia, Eileen has many strengths.
Kathy Young, a special education teacher, interviewed Eileen to tell her inspirational life story.
All attendees will receive a copy of Eileen Kushner’s book: Smart on the Inside
Assistive Technology Devices and Students with Disabilities
Technology is not just for gaming and social media. Assistive technology may ease the challenges that children and teens with learning disabilities face. See what might work for you and yours.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (ITAP)
“You Can’t Make Me” Working with Children with Oppositional Defiant Behaviors
Characteristics of students with oppositional defiant behaviors, what may be driving their behavior and the importance of understanding it, and strategies that do and do not work with them.
Beverley Holden Johns, M.S.,
MacMurray College Fellow
What makes a Good Special Education Evaluation?
Tips for parents and educators regarding what components must be include to form a meaningful and accurate diagnosis of a child’s learning and developmental needs.
Dr. Jay Einhorn, Psychological/
Adults + LD: Hear from Us and Ask Your Questions
Learning disabilities do not go away! They don’t get “cured,” but there are useful strategies. Let us - adults with LD - give you some real-life examples and answer a few of your questions.
Panel of Adults with LD moderated by
Audrey J. Gorman
Transitioning to the ‘Real’ World; A Road Map for Students with LD
Students with LD often appear to be like their non-disabled peers; they are often overlooked when it comes to post-secondary career and vocational supports. What is needed? How can it work?
Dr. Kathleen Loftus
LDA IL President
Navigating the RtI and IEP Maze
Knowing the key terms and processes schools often use to delay or decline evaluation, as well as the special education laws that protect students with disabilities that many parents and educators don’t know.
Attorney at Law
Learning Disabilities AND EL
What’s the difference between language difference and learning disability? Students can have both! Find out how to work effectively with children who are EL and have LD as well as students who only fit one category.
Dr. Meg Carroll, Professor
Assistive Technology: Improving Access to Education for Individuals with Barriers to Learning
Learn about the new Chromebook extension programs: “Snap & Read” and “Co-Reader.”
Don Johnston Learning Tools
Register in advance via the LDAIL website. (Additional $10 fee at the door)
Registration Fees: Members: $40, Nonmembers $60, Students $25, Free conference registration for parents: see below
Parent scholarships for membership and conference: Janet Lerner Memorial Membership Scholarships. Contact the LDA office.
Free parking, Free PD hour Verification, Continental breakfast included.