Dyslexia and Literacy: Differences Within Differences

This conference is designed for teachers, practitioners and parents to help them learn to identify, understand, and provide evidence-based teaching for students who have dyslexia and dyscalculia. Participants will learn the latest genetic studies as a basis for understanding current practices for assessment and intervention. The focus of these discussions will be for school-age students.

TDF is pleased to announce that the Spring 2018 conference topic will be “Differences within Differences”.

This conference will be held on February 15th at:

The UCLA Luskin Conference Center

425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Download a copy of The Dyslexia Foundation – February 2018 Brochure

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Lunch is included for all conference participants.

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Conference Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Benjamin Powers, D.B.A.
Headmaster, The Southport School
Amelia Lauderdale, B.A.
TDF Trustee

Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
TDF’s Hans Christian Andersen Award Presentation & Break

2017 Recipient: Joyce Bulifant

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Issue Differences Among African-American Students

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Nicole Patton-Terry, Ph.D.

Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Penelope Collins, Ph.D.

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Barbara Wilson, M.Ed.

Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Joan Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP

Joan Mele-McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Summit School; formerly Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department fo Education.

For more information, please contact William Baker at dyslexiafoundation@gmail.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Will Baker at 941-807-0499.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Special Thanks and Acknowledgement
Westmark School
for their support of this conference.


Brehm Preparatory School
Neuhaus Educational Center
Wilson Language Training


AIM Academy
Athena Academy
Camperdown Academy
Carroll School
Currey Ingram Academy
The Howard School
Jemicy School
Marburn Academy
The New Community School
The Schenck School
The Southport School
The Summit School
Westmark School


UCSF Dyslexia Center, San Francisco, CA