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 – 8:45 a.m.


8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Amelia Lauderdale, B.A.

Amelia Lauderdale is a Dyslexia Foundation Board of Trustees member.

Neurological Differences in Dyslexia and Literacy

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Laurie Cutting, Ph.D.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TDF’s Hans Christian Andersen Award Presentation & Break

2017 Recipient: To Be Announced

Issue Differences Among African-American Students

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Nicole Patton-Terry, Ph.D.

Dyslexia and English Language Learners: The Variations among Different Learners

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Penelope Collins, Ph.D.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Foundation of Reading Acquisition and Dyslexia: Implications for Early Intervention

1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barbara Wilson, M.Ed.

Closing Remarks

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 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

Neuhaus Educational Center, Bellaire, TX

UCSF Dyslexia Center, San Francisco, CA

Wilson Language Training, Oxford, MA

Aim Academy, Conshohocken, PA

Athena Academy, Palo Alto, CA

Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL

The Carroll School, Lincoln, MA

The Chartwell School, Seaside, CA

Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN

Eagle Hill Southport School, Southport, CT

The Howard School, Atlanta, GA

Jemicy School, Owings Mills, MD

The Schenck School, Atlanta, GA

The Summit School, Edgewater, MD

Westmark School, Encino, CA