2018 IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference
Special Events

DyslexiaCon18 is sure to fill you with so much knowledge to take back to your classrooms and jobs, but what's a conference without a couple special events?! See below for some more information on all the special events we have in store for you this October!

School Visits (ticketed event)
Wednesday, October 24 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Choose from five different school visit options:

The Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School
The Hope Graham Program is a unique and innovative program that serves learners in grades 2–8 with language-based learning differences. It is a part of Bancroft School, a dynamic PreK–12 college preparatory school in which student voice and choice, inquiry-based projects, and community engagement enable all learners to own their learning. Hope Graham students attend Orton-Gillingham tutorials and receive specialized instruction in reading, language, executive function, math, and self-advocacy.

The Hamilton School at Wheeler
The Hamilton School at Wheeler is a school-within-a-school for children in grades 1-8 with a primary diagnosis of dyslexia and often other language-based learning differences and/or attention deicit hyperactivity disorder. Founded in 1988, Hamilton is a division of the Wheeler School, an independent school serving grades PreK–12 located in Providence, Rhode Island, adjacent to Brown University. Hamilton students explore their strengths within the Wheeler program in non-academic areas, while receiving direct, systematic, and structured teaching in their Hamilton classes.
Waterford Public Schools
Waterford Public Schools (WPS) is a community that embraces all learning differences and ensures every student acquires the skills necessary to contribute and succeed in an ever-changing world. WPS prides itself on the structured literacy approach to reading instruction and intervention throughout all grade levels K–12 and across all five of its state-of-the-art schools. WPS teachers utilize Orton-Gillingham and Reader’s Workshop approaches to reading instruction and provide access to assistive technology to ensure that all students can become lifelong learners.

Two Visits: 
Elementary/Middle School Visit
Middle/High School Visit
Mitchell College
Recently ranked #3 in “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018” (BestValueSchools.com), Mitchell College offers students a strong network of professional content tutors and innovative supports. Students with learning differences and/or attention deicit hyperactivity disorder also benefit from the expertise of learning specialists at their nationally recognized Bentsen Learning Center. Thames, located on Mitchell College campus, is a holistic college transition program for students with learning differences or students who would benefit from additional preparation for college success. Their unique program offers a highly individualized learning environment and a strong social network that feels safe and supportive.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Wednesday, October 24 • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and explore all of the incredible exhibitors prepared to provide you with fresh, exciting products and solutions. Don't miss the Assistive Technology Learning Lab for the ability to be hands-on and try products immediately!

Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 24 • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Begin the conference weekend with a sweet treat and a meet-and-greet! Reconnect with old friends and make new ones in your area as we begin a weekend full of learning, innovation, and intellectual growth.

Inspiring Minds: Dyslexia Art Gala (ticketed event)
Thursday, October 25 • 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m

Join us at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum for an evening of arts and entertainment. Mingle over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres as you browse a special exhibition of dyslexia-inspired student artwork.

Don't miss the featured dance and theater performance, In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic. In this signature piece, Vermont-based dancer, choreographer, and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle with learning to read.

Exhibit Hall Power Hour
Friday, October 26 • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to explore the exhibit hall and take advantage of products and services to use in your communities, classrooms, and homes showcased by vendors from all over the world. Enjoy a beverage (or two!) while you examine all the hall has to offer.

Dyslexia Palooza (ticketed event)
Friday, October 26 • 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m

A night of flare and scare with screams of Halloween delight throughout the air - join us at Dyslexia Palooza... if you dare!

Witches, goblins, and ghouls alike gather for food, dancing and fun. Come dressed in your most creative costume with a chance to win a prize by the end of the night.

Children are welcome to attend.