Learning to Thrive in Education Today – LDA MI Annual Conference

LDA of Michigan presents Learning to Thrive in Education Today, an in-person conference providing educators, professionals, and parents with research-based resources, training, and the connections they need to advance the well-being of students and adults with learning disabilities (as well as themselves).

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Keynote: Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core
  • Networking
  • Break-Out Sessions
  • Lunch
  • More Break-Out Sessions!
  • More Networking Opportunities
  • LDA MI Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 26

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Breakfast
  • Keynote: Moving from Self-Care to We-Care
  • Networking
  • Break-Out Sessions

PLUS Wednesday Afternoon Special Sessions (included with conference registration!)

More information about the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

More information about our Healthy Children Project and Lead Prevention

Call for Presentations

Be a part of the LDA of Michigan 2022 Conference. Submit a proposal for consideration by the program committee no later
than 9/20/22 (conference registration fees are waived for presenters for the day they speak).

Who should present? 

  • Educators (K-12, post-secondary; special education, general education)
  • Persons with learning disabilities
  • Family Members
  • Advocates
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Administrators
  • Health Care Providers
  • Service Providers
  • Policy Makers
  • Rehabilitation/Job Commission Personnel
  • Transition Coordinators
  • Technology Coordinators

Download presenter information here: call_for_presenters_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Sponsorship Opportunities

As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, educators and students are still trying to regain equilibrium with post-pandemic learning. It is more important than ever to come together for education and training that not only faces our current challenges head-on but also supports our educators as professionals – and as human beings. Teachers must have opportunities to reestablish their own resilience so they can support the well-being of our students, particularly those with disabilities.

The word thrive means to prosper or to flourish. By supporting the LDA of Michigan Conference, you are helping bring quality professional development to Michigan which will help improve outcomes for children. You are helping educators – and students – in Michigan learn to thrive in education today.

Download sponsorship information here: sponsorship_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Exhibitor Opportunities

• Three complimentary conference badges with full access to sessions
• Company listed in the conference guide
• Company listed on the LDA MI webpage
• Participation in the Global Passport Program

Download exhibitor information here: exhibitor_learningtothriveineducationtoday conference_2022

Conference Registration 

  • Register for both days or only one!
  • LDA MI members save on registration!
  • Not a member? Become a member today (select Membership Dues during registration) and save right away by registering at the member rate!

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Linking Information About Learning Disabilities: A Two-Day Virtual Conference

LDA of Michigan is partnering with LDA of New Jersey for a two-day virtual conference for parents, administrators, educators, advocates, professionals (lawyers, doctors, psychologists, etc.), students (14+, college, and graduate), and others who want to learn more about Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and related disorders. It’s truly a conference for all!

Don’t worry if you can’t join us for all day Friday and Saturday. Most sessions will be recorded and you can watch them until October 31 – all through LD Awareness Month!

Linking Information about Learning Disabilities features 12 keynote speakers and 52 breakout sessions!

Topics include: dyslexia, executive functions, self-advocacy, IEPs, assistive technology, evaluation, social skills, transition, trauma-informed practices, reading instruction, disability supports at work and/or in college, and MORE!

Michigan teachers: you can earn 10 SCECHs for FREE! Register today!

Download schedules for each day and/or the full conference brochure with session descriptions!

                                               

Learn more about the sessions and speakers and follow the event updates at the Event Page on Facebook.

Special thanks to The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) for their expertise in organizing this virtual conference!

Thank You to our Sponsors

Together we CAN make a difference!

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Are you interested in being a sponsor, vendor, and/or advertiser? Contact us at ldaminjconference@gmail.com!

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy (Hastings)

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers: Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

This workshop will explore skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including:

  • understanding your child’s disability
  • knowing your school district
  • knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • organize your paperwork to support clear and effective communication
  • understanding the special education process
  • knowing how to resolve disagreements

Presenter: Jessie Morton

MAF is requesting that attendees register by April 17, 2017.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy (Middleville)

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers: Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

This workshop will explore skills parents can use to become more effective advocates for their child with a disability, including:

  • understanding your child’s disability
  • knowing your school district
  • knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • organize your paperwork to support clear and effective communication
  • understanding the special education process
  • knowing how to resolve disagreements

Presenter: Jessie Morton

MAF is requesting that attendees register by April 3, 2017.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy and IEP 101 Workshop (Sault Ste Marie)

This workshop will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process and how to more effectively advocate for their child.

Topics include:

  • Purpose of an IEP
  • How the IEP process works
  • Special education supports and services
  • Special education rights and responsibilities
  • How to be a more effective IEP team member
  • How to become a more effective advocate
  • Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

Presenter: Tamyra Cornwall, Parent Mentor for the Eastern U.P. 

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy and IEP 101 (St. Ignace)

This workshop will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and tools to understand the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process and how to more effectively advocate for their child.

Topics include:

  • Purpose of an IEP
  • How the IEP process works
  • Special education supports and services
  • Special education rights and responsibilities
  • How to be a more effective IEP team member
  • How to become a more effective advocate
  • Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website athttp://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders (Ann Arbor area)

Advocating for Your Child at School and in the Community

 Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders 

Learn how to advocate for your child with Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder in the educational setting.

  • Understanding Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders
  • Accommodations from medical to educational Seizure plans, 504 plans and IEPs (Individualized Education Program)
  • Addressing behavioral issues

Presenter: Cindy Leino-Handford, RN Education and Advocacy Specialist, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan

Who should attend: students, families of children/young adults with epilepsy, school staff, community members and organizations.

All workshops are free and open to the public through Michigan Alliance for Families. Click here for the flyer for this workshop.

Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) is an IDEA Grant Funded Initiative of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Michigan’s federal Parent-Training and Information Center (PTIC) funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more on MAF, visit their website at http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.

Click here to register online.